Video: Jonathan Isaac Explains Why He Stood for National Anthem

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Jonathan Isaac, a forward on the Orlando Magic, stood for the national anthem and did not wear a Black Lives Matter t-shirt for today’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. He was the first NBA player in the bubble to do so. After the game, he was asked about that and answered:

“Absolutely [I believe] that Black lives matter,” Isaac said. “A lot went into my decision and part of it is my thought that kneeling or wearing a black lives matter t-shirt don’t go hand in hand with supporting black lives.”

“My life has been supported by the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Isaac continued. “Everyone is made in the image of God and we all share in His glory. Each and everyone of us each and every day do things we shouldn’t do. We say things we shouldn’t say. We hate and dislike people that we shouldn’t hate and dislike. And sometimes it gets to the point where we point fingers about whose evil is worse, and sometimes it comes down to simply whose evil is most visible. I felt like I wanted just take a stand on — I felt like we all make mistakes but I think the gospel of Jesus Christ is that there’s grace for us. And that Jesus came and died for our sins. And that we all will come to an understanding of that and that God wants to have a relationship with us.”

Isaac concluded that he believes the gospel is what will get us past not just racism but the rest that plagues us as a society.

Tim Reynolds of the AP further elaborated on Isaac:

Earlier this week, Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt explained why he’d stand for the national anthem. Prior to that Giants relief pitcher Sam Coonrod had a similar rationale to Jonathan Isaac — that he did not believe kneeling was in line with his Christian faith.


Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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    • Give it some time, the shamefest that the left is using to force people to kneel for them is going to backfire. We’re going to see who the real men of character are this year.

        • Thank you for correcting me (although I know you didn’t intend it that way). As soon as I pressed post I wanted to change it to “people” of Character. Women such as Rachel Hill and Samantha Leshnak-Murphy are proudly standing up for American values as well.

  1. Taylor Rooks is the idiot who asked this idiotic question. Kudos to Mr. Issac for not taking the bait and being gracious in his answer. He is a wonderful human being. Of course, she’ll probably be feted for such a probing question while he’ll be vilified and ridiculed for his beliefs.

    • I enjoyed the Walter E Williams article just a few minutes ago, great stuff. Nothing new for us students of Dr. Sowell but great to see the message reach a broader audience.

      Btw – the fact that Twitter is vilifying him tells you everything you need to know. As the brilliant Detective John Luther said “The number one rule of social media is – Don’t do it”.

  2. Jonathan Isaac has my utmost respect. It is not easy to do what this guy did. That’s true courage……Meanwhile, somewhere in twitter-land, Malcom Jenkins is on the phone asking his CNN friends for belly rubs and butter biscuits. Cue cowardly Malcom throwing Jonathan under the bus for Malcom’s own brand building benefit in 3…..2…..1……

  3. Quote from renowned African-American economist/professor Walter Williams:
    “Black Americans have made the greatest gains, over some of the highest hurdles, and in a shorter span of time than any other racial group in history. If one totaled up the earnings and spending of Black Americans and considered us as a separate nation with our own gross domestic product, we would rank well within the top 20 richest nations.”

  4. One of the rare heartwarming stories coming out of the WOKE & hypocritical NBA. I’m proud of this Christian Brother. Luke 21: 17-19 “You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

  5. Not one of the Lemmings. Refreshing that he thinks for himself and is unafraid. Maybe he will start a movement. He recognizes that you cannot elevate one by tearing down another, unlike the Marxists.

    The only thing he missed when he was asked the question was: “do you believe a murdered black Trump supporter’s life matters? Do you believe innocent black children caught in the cross fire lives matter?” That May have shut up the dunce who asked the question.

  6. I hope this catches on with other athletes in other sports.

    Problem is that these other idiots/guys can’t erase the images of what they are doing.

    This isn’t like wearing pink during breast cancer month. Or brown during colon cancer week.
    Or yellow for a prostate afternoon.

    Kneeling is disrespecting the Flag, the anthem, the nation and the fans that support the flag, the nation and the anthem.

    Just stay in the locker room.

  7. True courage…

    Already, the SJW-BLM-CoronaBro onslaught is looking pathetically foolish, and their days are numbered.

    Sam Coonrod, Stephon Tuitt, John Isaac showing how real men believe and act; and no doubt more will follow their leads!!

    The Truth always come out…

  8. Absolutely outstanding job.
    Talk about this every time I teach on Sundays…and I am the most guilty of all. We cannot let our anger at those who seek to destroy our country prevent us from using this opportunity to share the Gospel. God can and will use this for HIS glory.

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