The Orlando Magic defeated the Brooklyn Nets 128-118, but the story of the game was a lone player who stood during the National Anthem, Jonathan Isaac.
Isaac, who was supposed to miss the entire season with a knee injury – but was able to return due to the delay, stood out during the Anthem as all other players from the Magic and the Brooklyn Nets knelt.
“Kneeling or wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt didn’t go hand in hand with supporting Black Lives… I believe that my life has been supported through the Gospel, everyone is made in the image of God.”
Jonathan Isaac on why he didn’t kneel or wear a #BlackLivesMatter shirt pic.twitter.com/2dO6lSOb8h
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 31, 2020
Isaac also did not wear any Black Lives Matter apparel.
He is the first NBA player to stand for the Anthem since basketball resumed play.
After the game, he was asked by a reporter if he believed that black lives matter. He replied, “absolutely, black lives matter.”
He continued by stating that kneeling or putting on a t-shirt wasn’t the answer for him.
“I don’t think that kneeling or putting on a T-shirt, for me personally, is the answer.”— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 31, 2020
Jonathan Isaac says he believes Black Lives Matter and explains why he chose to stand during the anthem and not wear a BLM shirt pic.twitter.com/wxE7ej2IcX
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