Magic’s Jonathan Isaac explains why he didn’t take the knee or wear the Black Lives Matter t-shirt on Friday


Social justice has been one of the most important parts of the NBA’s comeback as players pledged to use their platform to effect positive change. The NBA welcomed them, allowing players to wear social justice messages on their jerseys while painting Black Lives Matter on the court. Throughout the first two days of matches, every team that played knelt for the national anthem while wearing a Black Lives Matter jersey as a form of silent protest.

There was only one detention. Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac did not kneel down or wear a Black Lives Matter shirt, instead holding on to the anthem while wearing his jersey. He cited the gospel as an explanation during its post-game media availability (via Taylor Rooks):

“I believe Black Lives Matter is important. Much of my decision has been made, and in part, I thought that getting down on my knees or wearing the Black Lives Matter t-shirt didn’t go hand in hand with supporting Black lives. So I felt like, just me personally, what do I think it’s like to take a position that I believe black lives matter, but I just felt like it was a decision I had to make, and I didn’t feel like taking that shirt off to my knees went hand in hand with black life support I believe for me my life was supported by the gospel, Jesus Christ, and that each one is made in the image of God and that we all forge by the glory of God.

Each of us does things we shouldn’t do and says things we shouldn’t say. We hate and dislike the things we shouldn’t hate and dislike, and sometimes it gets to a point where we point our fingers, which evil is worse, and sometimes it comes down to which evil is most visible . So I felt like I wanted to take a stand, we all make mistakes, but I think the gospel of Jesus Christ is that there is grace for us, and Jesus came and died for our sins and that if we all come to an understanding of that and God wants to have a relationship with us, that we can keep all the things in our world that we’ve messed up, uplifted.

I think when you look around racism is not the only thing that plagues our society, that plagues our nation, that plagues our world, and I think that by coming together on this message, we want to overcome not only racism, but everything that plagues as a society, I feel the answer to this is the gospel. ”

The Magic released a statement supporting their players in their protest, but did not comment on Isaac’s choice.

NBA rules technically prohibit kneeling during the anthem. However, NBA commissioner Adam Silver confirmed on Thursday that the league will not enforce this rule in the bubble. “I respect the unified act of peaceful protest by our social justice teams and under these unique circumstances, I will not enforce our long-standing rule of standing while our national anthem is being read,” Silver said. , according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Isaac went on to explain that he informed his teammates of his decision in a meeting before the start of the game. He is also an ordained minister. Kneeling during the anthem is a peaceful protest against police brutality launched by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.


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