Jonathan Isaac was the first professional Basketball player to stand for the anthem since the NBA returned.
Opinion| You can not make this stuff up, not even if you tried. The first played to have the balls to stand for the national anthem, the Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac, suffered a tragic injury last night in a game against the Sacramento Kings.
Prior to this injury, Isaac explained his reason for standing, while every other player on the court knelt for the national anthem. His answer came after being asked the question ‘Do you think black lives matter.’ Just in case the color is inverted on your screen or you can not tell, this question was asked of Isaac … a black man, she literary asked a black man if he thought black lives matter:
‘It’s my thought that kneeling, or wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt, don’t go hand in hand with supporting black lives, and so um, I felt like, just me personally, what it is that I believe is that, honestly, that, I do believe that black lives matter, but … but I just don’t like that it was a decision that I had to make, and I didn’t feel like putting that shirt on and kneeling, went hand in hand with ‘supporting black lives,’ or that it made me support Black Lives Matter.
For myself, my life has been supported though the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that everyone is made in the image of God and that we all share God’s glory. Each and everyone of each, each and every day do things that we shouldn’t do, we say things we shouldn’t say, we hate or dislike people we shouldn’t hate or dislike. Sometimes it gets to a point where we point fingers about who’s evil is worse, and sometimes it comes out as someone whose evil is most visible.
So um, I felt like I just wanted to take a stand on, I feel like we all make mistakes, but I think that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that there is Grace for us, and that Jesus came and died for out sins and that, if we all will come to an understanding with that, and understand that God wants to have a relationship with us, that we can get past skin color, we can get past, all the things in our world that seem jacked up.
I think when you look around racism isn’t the only thing that plagues our society, the plagues our nation that plagues our society, that plagues our world. And I feel like coming together on that, on that decision that we want to get past, not only racism, but everything that plagues our society, I feel like the answer to it is the Gospel. ‘
I asked Jonathan Isaac two questions:
You didn’t kneel during the anthem but you also didn’t wear a black lives matter shirt. Do you believe black lives matter?
Can you explain what religion has to do with kneeling for the anthem to protest against racism and police brutality? pic.twitter.com/me61FleWPY
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) July 31, 2020
Tragically the courageous ballplayer was injured during a game against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. He was later diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Fox News explained:
‘Isaac suffered the tear in his left knee – the same knee in which he suffered a devastating injury to in January. That one was supposed to be a season-ending injury, however, the coronavirus pandemic paused the NBA and it gave him more time to recover for the restarted season.
He was taken off the floor in a wheelchair in the fourth quarter.
Prayers up for Jonathan Isaac after being taken off in a wheelchair with a knee injury. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/tWoMEcDjKr
— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) August 3, 2020