Magic forward Jonathan Isaac became the first NBA player to stand for the national anthem since the restart as his teammates and opponent knelt in unity to raise awareness against racial injustices and police brutality.
Nets and Magic players and staff show solidarity during Friday's National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/DMmFOZl61T— YES Network (@YESNetwork) July 31, 2020
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Isaac, who in16 minutes played scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Magic's 128-118 win over the Nets, injured his knee in January and was declared out for the season in February. Thanks to the extended break from the pandemic, Isaac was able to play with a big brace on.
Isaac also opted not to wear the Black Lives Matter shirt his teammates sported, instead opting to only show his Orlando jersey.
While the league and most owners have supported the decision to kneel for the anthem in solidarity, there have yet to be statements made to the contrary. Still, Magic head coach Steve Clifford made sure to offer his support to Isaac while not divulging specifics.
Clifford offered more support to Isaac when asked in detail why he didn't stand or why he didn't wear the BLM T-shirt, but declined to go into detail for his reasoning.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) July 31, 2020
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Magic forward Jonathan Isaac stands for national anthem originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington