Before Friday’s Orlando Magic-Brooklyn Nets game, Magic striker Jonathan Isaac stood out among the rest as he was the lonely player to hold on while the national anthem played. Isaac was also the only player not to wear the Black Lives Matter shirt adorned by others during the pre-game.
“I absolutely believe that the lives of black people matter,” Isaac said after the game. “Much went into my decision … kneeling or wearing a” Black Lives Matter “shirt doesn’t go hand in hand with supporting black lives. I think black lives do matter, I just felt like a decision I had to make, and I didn’t feel like putting on that shirt and kneeling I went hand in hand with the support of black lives. “
Isaac is, so far, the only player on restarting the NBA in Orlando who has not knelt for the anthem or wore the Black Lives Matter shirt. He explained his reasoning in response to a question from Taylor Rooks of the Bleacher Report:
“I don’t think that kneeling or wearing a shirt for me personally is the answer. For me, black lives are supported through the gospel, all lives are supported through the gospel, “said Isaac.” We all fall short of the glory of God, and at the end of the day, anyone who humbles and seeks God and repents sins, then we could see our mistakes and mistakes of people and the evil of people in a different light, and that there it would help to get closer and overcome the color of the skin, to overcome all that is on the surface that does not really deal with the hearts of men and women “.
The Magic has issued a statement in support of its players’ right to protest after the national anthem. Magic coach Steve Clifford said that he and the rest of the team’s players supported Isaac’s decision, according to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.
Isaac finished the game with 16 points and six rebounds in 16 minutes with Magic winning 128-118.