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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Anthem Standoff Ends

NEW YORK () -- The NBA has lifted its suspension of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf after the Denver Nuggets guard agreed to stand during the national anthem, while also honoring his Islamic faith with a silent prayer.

Both sides got what they wanted: the league defused a controversy over freedom of religion and speech, and Abdul-Rauf regained the right to play while still preserving his ideals.

On Thursday Abdul-Rauf said he would line up alongside his teammates beginning on Friday night in Chicago when the anthem is played before the Nuggets' game with the Bulls.