The 6’11 star for the Orlando Magic did not kneel and was also the first NBA player not to wear a Black Lives Matter shirt during the rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.
Jordan Isaacs, 22, that kneeling or wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt “don’t go hand in hand in supporting Black Lives Matter”, and added that “Black lives are supported through the Gospel”.
Isaacs, who was born in New York but grew up near Orland where the NBA basketball league is being played out in a self-styled ‘bubble’ quarantine venue, is an ordained minister and Christian.
The young 22 year old also preached at Jump Ministries Global Church in Orlando, not far from the venue where the league games are being played out.
Explaining his decision, he said: “I do believe that Black lives matter, I just felt like it was a decision I had to make, and I didn’t feel like putting that shirt on and kneeling went hand in hand with supporting Black lives.
“I don’t think that kneeling or putting on a T-shirt for me, personally, is the answer.
“For me, Black lives are supported through the Gospel, all lives are supported through the Gospel.”
Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford backed the Isaac’s decision and said: “That’s a personal decision.
“We’re all supporting each other in this, and if guys are not comfortable kneeling and they want to stand, nobody has a problem with that.
“I support him. His team-mates support him. The organisation supports him. That’s part of living in our country.”
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and assistant coach Becky Hammon both stood for the anthem on Friday and both wore Black Lives Matters shirts.
The Orlando Magic beat the Brooklyn Nets last night 128 – 118.
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