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NBA Star Explains Why He Didn't Kneel And Wear Black Lives Matter Shirt During National Anthem

NBA player Jonathan Isaac did not join his fellow teammates
NBA player Jonathan Isaac did not join his fellow teammates
NBA player Jonathan Isaac did not join his fellow teammates in kneeling for the national anthem during their matchup with the Brooklyn Nets Friday.

The Orlando Magic forward, who is Black, stood while the players and coaches from both teams took a knee and wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in support of the current movement against police brutality and racial inequality. The 22-year-old athlete wore his team jersey in place of the Black Lives Matter T-shirt.

Isaac explained his decision to reporters, citing his religious beliefs and saying he didn’t think "putting that shirt on and kneeling went hand-in-hand with supporting Black lives." “I do believe Black lives matter, but I just felt like it was a decision I had to make,” Isaac said.

"For me, Black lives are supported through the gospel,” he continued. "All lives are supported through the gospel. We all have things that we do wrong and sometimes it gets to a place that we're pointing fingers at who's wrong is worst.

Or who's wrong is seen, so I feel like the Bible tells us that we all fall short of God's glory. That will help bring us closer together and get past skin color. And get past anything that's on the surface and doesn't really get into the hearts of men and women."

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