Orlando Magic basketball star, Jonathan Isaac has become the first NBA player to refuse taking a knee during the National Anthem as the NBA league resumed play after a 20-week hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday night.
Isaac, 22, remained standing as players and coaches from both teams, as well as referees, took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem.
He was also the only player seen not wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt.
A basketball player has become the first NBA star not to kneel during the national anthem as part of the Black Lives Matter movement since the league restarted on Thursday https://t.co/V6yHAyvlV5
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) August 1, 2020
The Black Lives matter protests began in response to police brutality and racism ongoing in the US and the protest has noe spread all over the world with sports teams wearing the BLM logo and kneeling down during the national anthem at games.
After the game, which Orlando Magic won, Isaac was questioned as to why he took the decision to not join his fellow teammates to kneel.
According to him, the decision to kneel isn’t biblical. He explained his reasoning in response to a question from Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks:
“Absolutely I believe that Black lives matter,” Isaac said after the game. “A lot went into my decision…kneeling or wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ t-shirt don’t go hand in hand in supporting Black lives.
“I do believe that Black lives matter, I just felt like it was a decision I had to make, and I didn’t feel like putting that shirt on and kneeling went hand in hand with supporting Black lives.”
“I don’t think that kneeling or putting on a T-shirt for me, personally, is the answer. For me, Black lives are supported through the gospel, all lives are supported through the gospel,” Isaac said.
“We all fall short of God’s glory, and at the end of the day, whoever will humble themselves and seek God and repent their sins, then we could see our mistakes and people’s mistakes and people’s evil in a different light, and that it would help bring us closer together and get past skin color, get past anything that’s on the surface that doesn’t really deal with the hearts of men and women.”
“I don’t think that kneeling or putting on a T-shirt, for me personally, is the answer.”
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
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 31, 2020