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The NBA player who refused to kneel for the Anthem

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac refused to kneel for the National Anthem and wear a Black Lives Matter shirt during the leagues opening weekend on Friday, July 31st. Check out the player's explanation below.

  • The NBA games are back! The 2019-20 season resumed on July 30th at ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, inside Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
  • 22 are the teams that will be playing. Among them are: Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks.
  • The Finals are set to end no later than October 13th.

All players had Black Lives Matter warmup shirts that the NBA provided. Not only did Isaac not kneel for the Anthem, he also decided not to wear the shirts provided and didn't have a social justice message on the back of his jersey. 

Jonathan Isaac on Friday, July 31st during the National Anthem

While the NBA basketball player is in his right to choose not to kneel nor wear certain clothes, it's the explanation given that has been questioned. Journalist Taylor Rooks asked him why he had done those things and his response was:

“Kneeling or wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt didn’t go hand in hand with supporting Black lives…I believe that, for myself, my life has been supported through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that everyone is made in the image of God. We say things we shouldn’t say. We hate and dislike whatever we hate and dislike. And sometimes, we get into pointing fingers.”

To this, Rooks poses the question most of you are making: What does religion have to do with kneeling or not?

 “I don’t think that kneeling or putting on a t-shirt, for me personally, is the answer. I feel like, for me, Black lives are supported through the Gospel. All lives are supported through the Gospel. We all…have things that we do wrong.” 

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