Dion Waiters Flip-Flops Into A NBA National Anthem Controversy

During the 1995-96 season NBA season, Denver Nuggets guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (born Chris Wayne Jackson)
was suspended for sitting down during the national anthem, citing his Muslim beliefs as his reasoning. We’re not sure yet if the Cleveland Cavaliers will have a similar issue with guard Dion Waiters as he apparently excused himself from the national anthem before his team’s game against the Utah Jazz last week for what he said were religious reasons. Waiters stayed in the visiting locker room during the national anthem prior to the game on Wednesday, November 5th, quoted by Northeast Ohio Media Group as saying, “It’s because of my religion. That’s why I stayed in the locker room.”

Waiters is Muslim, but on Friday, November 7th, was back on the court, standing with his teammates for the national anthem in Denver, with a new quote to the media, “I don’t really want to talk about that. It’s my religion. I don’t really want to talk about that. I want to talk about basketball. I’m not being rude, but, you know.”

On Saturday morning, Waiters took to Twitter to claim he had been misquoted.

THE CONVERSATION QUESTION: What Is Your Stance On Cleveland Cavaliers’ Guard Dion Waiters Not Being On The Floor For the National Anthem Because Of His Muslim Religion?

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