NBA’s First Player to Stand for National Anthem Says ‘The Gospel Supports Black Lives’—Not Kneeling

Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac became league’s the first NBA player to stand for the national anthem as it was played before the game, while every other player and coach took a knee peacefully protesting police brutality against black lives in America.

The power forward, who averages over 12 points and just under 30 minutes a game for the Magic, also decided against wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ t-shirt that everyone has been wearing over their jersey during pre-game warmups and ceremonies.

The Orlando Magic defeated the Brooklyn Nets 128-118, and saw Jonathan Isaac score 16 points in 16 minutes. In an interview Isaac gave after the game, who is African American, he was asked, “you didn’t kneel during the anthem, but you also didn’t wear a ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirt. Do you believe that black lives matter?”

Isaac (22), who just recently became an ordained minister this past Spring, responded boldly with “Absolutely (he believes that black lives matter). A lot went into my decision.” Shockingly he said, “kneeling or wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ t-shirt don’t go hand-in-hand with supporting black lives…I do believe that black lives matter, putting that shirt on or kneeling doesn’t make me support black lives or not.”

My life has been supported through the gospel.

The Magic’s forward explained that his life has been supported through the gospel, “Jesus Christ.” Isaac continued to then give the gospel, “Everyone is made in the image of the God, and we all fall short of God’s glory….We all make mistakes, and I think that the gospel of Jesus Christ, is that there is grace for us. And that Jesus came and died for our sins and that if we if all will come to an understanding of that, and understand that God wants to have a relationship with us…that we can get passed skin color, we can get passed all the things in world that is messed up; jacked up.”

Jesse T. Jackson
Jesse T. Jackson
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