Magic’s Jonathan Isaac Becomes First NBA Player to Stand for Anthem
Jonathan Isaac was the only person on the floor to not kneel today during the playing of the National Anthem.
The Orlando Magic power forward set social media on fire today when he chose to remain standing prior to the team’s afternoon tilt against the Brooklyn Nets. Furthermore, Isaac was the only player who also refused to wear a “Black Lives Matter” warmup shirt.
“For me Black lives are supported through the gospel. All lives are supported through the gospel,” Isaac said. “We all have things that we do wrong and sometimes it gets to a place that we’re pointing fingers at who’s wrong is worst. Or who’s wrong is seen, so I feel like the Bible tells us that we all fall short of God’s glory. That will help bring us closer together and get past skin color. And get past anything that’s on the surface and doesn’t really get into the hearts or men and women.”
Isaac could be clearly seen wearing his white Magic jersey pre-game.
Nets and Magic players and staff show solidarity during Friday’s National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/DMmFOZl61T
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The team’s ownership group released the following statement prior to today’s game:
“The DeVos Family and the Orlando Magic organization fully supports Magic players who have chosen to leverage their professional platform to send a peaceful and powerful message condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police, especially against people of color. We are proud of the positive impact our players have made and join with them in the belief that sports can bring people together – bridging divides and promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and unity. We know this is not about the military, the men and women who serve honorably to keep our communities safe for all, or those who have paid the ultimate price to provide freedom, including freedom of expression. We’re confident the entire Magic family has immense respect for these entities and individuals. This is about coming together to end racism once and for all. We are committed to walking alongside our players – today and in the many days ahead – in the pursuit of lasting and impactful change.”
The Magic have said that they supported Isaac in his decision to stand.