Orlando Magic striker Jonathan Isaac was the lone player to stand up 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 man in the first three games of the NBA’s restart season. He also did not wear a Black Lives Matter shirt and instead chose to stand with his hands behind his back, wearing his Magic T-shirt.
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It is 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 due to the time lag between the injury and the restart of the NBA season. He joined the game, wearing a giant white bracelet on his left leg.
It was not immediately clear why Isaac chose to stand while his other teammates knelt.
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In June, Isaac was asked about the protests following George Floyd̵
He told Click Orlando: “Just because we are able to be an NBA player does not give us an automatic understanding or idea of the problems that are happening around us. But I think because we have the ear of so much, it’s important for us to be diligent, to be vocal, but balanced. “
The magic property praised the players’ decision to kneel.
“The DeVos family and the Orlando Magic organization fully support Magic players who have chosen to use their professional platform to send a peaceful and powerful message condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by the police, especially against people of color. We We are proud of the positive impact that our players have made and join them in believing that sport can unite people – bridging divisions and promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and unity. We know this is not for the military, men and women who serve honestly to keep our communities safe for all or for those who have paid the ultimate price to ensure freedom, including freedom of expression.We are confident that the entire Magic family has great respect for these entities. and individuals, racism once and for all, we are committed to walking alongside our players – today and in the long days ahead – in a quest a hedgehog to a lasting and influential angel, ”said the team.
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The wizards are fighting for a playoff spot.