Jonathan Isaac becomes first NBA player to portray anthem since reboot


Jonathan Isaac chose to represent the national anthem and also didn’t wear a Black Lives Matter shirt unlike the rest of the Orlando Magic.Isaac is well known as one of the most openly religious players in the NBA.

Isaac was asked if he believed black lives were important.

“Absolutely,” Isaac said. “I believe black lives matter. Much of my decision has been made and part of it is my thinking that getting down on my knees while wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt does not equate with black life support. And so I felt like, just me personally and what I believe in, standing in a position that I believe black lives matter in, but I just felt like it was a decision I had to make. and I did not feel like putting on that shirt went along with the support of black life. ”

Isaac discussed his faith several times while describing why he made his decision.

“I don’t think kneeling down or putting on a T-shirt for myself, personally, is the answer,” he said. “I feel that for me, the lives of black people are supported by the gospel. All lives are supported by the gospel. That we all have things that we do wrong and sometimes it causes us to point fingers at the worst which is the worst.

“I feel like the Bible tells us that we are all short of the glory of God and at the end of the day whoever will humble themselves and seek God and repent of their sins that we could see him under. a different light – seeing our mistakes and people mistakes in a different light, seeing people’s evil in a different light. And that would help us to come closer and go beyond anything on the surface that doesn’t really concern the hearts of men and women. ”

Isaac spoke to his teammates at a team meeting ahead of Friday’s game.

“We had a team meeting,” he said. “I told them they know who I am as a man, they know who I am as a person. They know what I believe and they respected me for the decision I made and that was all the love. So they understood that for me personally it doesn’t come from a position of wanting to be popular or seen or anything other than a humble one. [servant] of Jesus. And that’s where I put my flag and that’s how I felt and they respected me because they know who I am, they know my heart. ”


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