Magic's Jonathan Isaac first in National Basketball Association bubble to stand during anthem

Magic's Jonathan Isaac first in National Basketball Association bubble to stand during anthem

Isaac was the first player to stand for the anthem in the restarted season.

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich also stood while players and coaches on the Spurs and Sacramento Kings knelt during the anthem.

The Wizards next game is Sunday at 2 pm against the Nets in a game that will either end Washington's slight postseason chances or continue them in a pivotal matchup between the current No. 8 and No. 9 seeds in the Eastern Conference.

Demonstrations have continued during the playing of the national anthem through the NBA's first weekend, though some have decided not to participate for a variety of reasons.

All players and coaches for the New Orleans Pelicans, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers had kneeled for the anthem on Thursday.

As the rest of his teammates and the opposing Brooklyn Nets all chose to kneel during the playing of the national anthem Friday, Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac elected to stand.

A single NBA player and two coaches refused to kneel during the National Anthem on Friday night, standing out as all other personnel knelt. "I believe that for myself, my life has been supported by gospel, Jesus Christ, and everyone is made in the image of God and that we all forge through God's glory". He wore his Magic jersey and not the Black Lives Matter T-shirt that other players have had on for the anthems so far in the NBA's season restart at Walt Disney World.


"Black lives and all lives are supported by the gospel", said Isaac, an ordained minister who said he was praying during the hymn rather than singing it.

"We're protesting and doing things to get something done", he said.

In an interview with Click Orlando in June, Isaac addressed George Floyd's murder, racism in the United States and police brutality, saying he believes the "answer is Jesus". We say things we shouldn't say.

Starters Nikola Vucevic (22 points) and DJ Augustin (11 points) got into double digits for the Magic, as did reserves Jonathan Isaac (16 points) and Khem Birch (12 points). Not much was different in the National Basketball Association restart opener as Washington allowed 125 points on 53 percent shooting from the field as well as 30 made free throws for Phoenix.

Isaac got the Magic's community service award a year ago.

Racism isn't only thing that plagues our society the Magic player said, and that the answer is the gospel. He has donated money to feed children affected by the coronavirus pandemic, led a Hurricane Dorian relief effort and has raised money to help organizations promote literacy for children in Central Florida.

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