Lone NBA player standing during national anthem speaks wisely

Ruben Hill
August 1, 2020

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac was the lone player to stand during the national anthem on Friday as his teammates and Brooklyn Nets players knelt to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

The Magic and the Nets were the third game since the season resumed; the other 16 teams at the restart were scheduled to play their initial games either later Friday or on Saturday. Teammates supported the decision, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Isaac had yet to discuss his decision publicly.

Why did Jonathan Isaac stand during the national anthem?

With the NBA restart tipping off on 30th July, all 4 teams involved on the opening night kneeled during the national anthem. And if guys are not comfortable kneeling and they want to stand, nobody has a problem with that. "For me, Black lives are supported through the gospel".

"Kneeling while wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt doesn't go hand-in-hand with supporting Black lives", Isaac said.

Isaac, an ordained minister, has a history of being active with various charities and churches. "I didn't think wearing a message on the jersey was the answer", he said, according to ESPN's Marc J. Spears, adding he took the time during the anthem to pray. He had 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting in 16 minutes, helping the Magic to a 128-118 victory. During Thursday's game, every player on the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz took a knee in protest of racial injustice and police brutality in the United States.

The NBA has a rule stating kneeling is not allowed during the national anthem.

'I'm glad these guys are unified, ' he said after players protested on Thursday. But if people don't kneel, they're not a bad person. So I felt like, just me personally, what it is that I believe is standing on the stance that: "I do believe that Black Lives Matter, but I just felt like it was a decision that I had to make and I didn't feel like putting that shirt on and kneeling went hand in hand in supporting Black lives, or that it made me support Black lives or not".

The National Basketball Players Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Isaac's decision. He has donated money to feed children affected by the coronavirus pandemic, led a Hurricane Dorian relief effort and has raised money to help organizations promote literacy for children in Central Florida.

"I believe Jesus is the answer".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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