Magic’s Jonathan Isaac stands for national anthem as teammates, opponents kneel

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Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac was the lone player to stand during the national anthem on Friday as his teammates and Brooklyn Nets players knelt to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

Isaac was the lone person out of the first three games of the NBA’s restarted season. He also didn’t wear a Black Lives Matter shirt and instead chose to stand with his arms at his back with his Magic jersey showing.

It’s also worth noting that Isaac was ruled out for the rest of the season in February after suffering a significant knee injury in January. He was able to play because of the time lapse between the injury and the NBA restarting the season. He checked into the game wearing a giant white leg brace on his left leg.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Isaac chose to stand while his other teammates knelt.

In June, Isaac was asked about the protests following the police-involved death of George Floyd.

He told Click Orlando: “Just because we are in the position of being an NBA player, it doesn’t give us automatically an understanding or insight to issues that happen around us. But I think because we have the ear of so many it’s important for us to be diligent, to be vocal, but in a balanced way.”

Magic ownership praised the players’ decision to kneel.

“The DeVos Family and the Orlando Magic organization fully supports Magic players who have chosen to leverage their professional platform to send a peaceful and powerful message condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police, especially against people of color. We are proud of the positive impact our players have made and join with them in the belief that sports can bring people together – bridging divides and promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and unity. We know this is not about the military, the men and women who serve honorably to keep our communities safe for all, or those who have paid the ultimate price to provide freedom, including freedom of expression. We’re confident the entire Magic family has immense respect for these entities and individuals. This is about coming together to end racism once and for all. We are committed to walking alongside our players – today and in the many days ahead – in the pursuit of lasting and impactful change,” the team said.

Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac (1) stands as others kneel before the start of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic Friday, July 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

The Magic are fighting for a playoff spot.


  1. Patricia

    August 1, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Very proud of standing for our country’s flag. Real men don’t allow others to dictate what you can and can’t do. I am sorry our sports has chosen Marxist over the American people who paid good money to all the players. Yet the players and teams have proven the hate America. We have our hard working money to support these sports and in return most of them chose to dishonor us and our country. If you al are so worried about free speech then why are people being harassed for speaking their mind? My money can’t support others who chose to support China and Marist (BLM). Hockey is standing for anthem not disrespecting it. There are some player who do love our country yet ridiculed over it. Americans believe politics in sports and other places have turned fans off.

  2. Susanne

    August 1, 2020 at 10:10 am

    The FLAG is not political
    IT represents people that live different then any other group in the world.
    WE stand not for the flag BUt 1The people that stood and believed to the death if called for that a nation can give its citizens rights and stand against opposing forces that come against it WE STAND TO HONOR THERE STAND it is AMERICAS History standing with all those past and present is unity IT’S OUR FREEDOM TO DECLARE LOYALTY TO GOD AND COUNTRY and each other Stand stand stand standing is about UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. WE HUMBLE OUR SELFS BEFORE GOD WE STAND TALL AGAINST THE ENEMY

  3. kathleen thompson

    August 1, 2020 at 10:11 am

    I agree with Patricia. I applaud Jonathan Issac standing tall for all of us with the courage to backup his beliefs. A true man and patriot. He makes me proud and is a true role model for our children. God bless you Mr. Issac, and your family.

  4. David S

    August 1, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    All I can say is Jonathan Isaac just became my favorite NBA player. The rest of his comrads are sheeple. They are throwing their support to Marxists who want to destroy our country. Hey, grow up and stop being lead around by these idiots. Guess what you who make 30 million dollars a year are next. Do you really think they will not take away your income, in the name of social justice. Wake up and smell the coffee. Join Jonathan, otherwise you are next.

  5. Al

    August 2, 2020 at 11:52 am

    YEEEEAAAAAHHH Mr. Isaac!! Total and complete respect. It looks as if his teammate is snickering-Disrespect. Yes David, he also became my favorite professional athlete. You can’t take back history. History is what has made America in one way or another. If you don’t like it, LEAVE!

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