The NBA wanted to show a united face in its actions in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement (black life matters). On Thursday evening, all players and coaches had worn a black T-shirt with this slogan in white letters and had knelt during the anthem before the games.
But during the first game played on Friday, a player distinguished himself by refusing to perform these two gestures: it is the wing of the Orlando Magic, Jonathan Isaac, who replied for the first time since January 1st.
After the meeting, Isaac explained that his gesture was related to his religious beliefs. ” I think Jesus is the answerhe said in particular. Yes, I believe black lives matter, but I don’t think carrying this message is the answer. »
He went on to say that many issues other than racism have plagued the world, so he made it clear that his decision had nothing to do with issues of patriotism and respect for the flag.
“I knew it would be a difficult decision, that people would ask questions about me”
” I prayed during the hymn, He added. I knew it would be a difficult decision, that people would ask questions about me, about my personality. I’ve thought about it a lot. I relied on God and close to the people in my spiritual life to decide. »
His coach, Steve Clifford, and his teammates have claimed to support Isaac’s choice. ” It’s his choice and he doesn’t need to explain it to us, specifically supported Evan Fournier, the French outside of Orlando’s Magic. And there was no pressure on our part. We support it, that’s all. »