14:53 PT – Jonathan Isaac addressed only the media, where he was asked to explain why he did not kneel or wear a BLM T-shirt … and says that many things have to do with his religious beliefs.
Isaac said he believes black lives are important … but he doesn’t believe the knee show or the BLM shirt “goes hand in hand with the support of black life.”
Isaac went on to explain how the teachings of Jesus Christ influenced his life and decisions … and he insists after much thought, the demonstration of knees was not right for him.
“I think when you look around us, racism is not the only thing that plagues our society, it plagues our nation, it plagues our world, and I want to come together in this message that we want to get across not only with racism, but everything that plagues society. The answer to that is the gospel. “
We think what Isaac is trying to say is that his priority is to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, especially including the Black Lives Matter movement.
Orlando Magic power forward Jonathan Isaac He became the first NBA player to stand out during the national anthem after the restart of the season. He decided to get on his knees and wear a Black Lives Matter t-shirt.
Coaches, players and league players Lebron James a Zion Williamson – have been using anthem demonstrations to raise awareness as games were picked up in Orlando … a gesture that is backed by NBA commish Adam Silver.
Isaac became the first player to pick the anthem before Magic’s meeting with the Brooklyn Nets on Friday … while the rest of the players and team staff got on their knees.
Worth noting: Silver says everyone will have the option to kneel during the anthem without consequence … despite a league rule that requires players to put on
The same goes for anyone who wants to stand up: no one says players should kneel either.
So far, Jonathan has not commented on his decision to appear publicly, as he is currently playing. But when it does, we’ll update here.
Charles Barkley he spoke about Thursday’s demonstrations during TNT’s “Inside The NBA” program, saying, “The national anthem means different things to different people.”
“I’m glad these guys are together. If people don’t kneel, he’s not a bad person. I want to make it perfectly clear. I’m glad they have unity, but if we have a guy who doesn’t I don’t want to kneel because l “Hymn means something to him, they shouldn’t undo it.”
The Magic issued a statement in support of the demonstration, saying that “The DeVos family and the Orlando Magic organization fully support the Magic players who have chosen to take advantage of their professional platform to send a peaceful and powerful message condemning the protest. , racial injustice and unjustified use of violence by the police, especially against people of color. “
“We are proud of the positive impact our players have made and join them, in the belief that sports can unite people: combine divisions and promote inclusion, equality, diversity and unity.”
Originally Posted – 13:08 PT