Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac Doesn’t Kneel Or Wear Black Lives Matter Shirt Because ‘Black Lives Are Supported Through The Gospel’


Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac became the first NBA player to stand during the national anthem before a game while inside the Orlando bubble.

On Monday afternoon members of both the Nets and the Magic kneeled during the anthem in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Isaac was the only person who chose to stand while also not wearing a Black Lives Matter-related shirt.

Update: Isaac cited the gospel and religion as the reason why he chose not to kneel.

“Absolutely [I believe] that Black lives matter,” Isaac said. “A lot went into my decision and part of it is my thought that kneeling or wearing a black lives matter t-shirt don’t go hand in hand with supporting black lives.”

“My life has been supported by the gospel of Jesus Christ,” “Everyone is made in the image of God and we all share in His glory. Each and everyone of us each and every day do things we shouldn’t do. We say things we shouldn’t say. We hate and dislike people that we shouldn’t hate and dislike. And sometimes it gets to the point where we point fingers about whose evil is worse, and sometimes it comes down to simply whose evil is most visible. I felt like I wanted just take a stand on — I felt like we all make mistakes but I think the gospel of Jesus Christ is that there’s grace for us. And that Jesus came and died for our sins. And that we all will come to an understanding of that and that God wants to have a relationship with us.”

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