Many sports fans have sworn off football, baseball, and basketball due to players taking a knee during the playing of the “National Anthem.” What’s worse is how they are being allowed to do so without fear of repercussions.
Coaches and team owners feel it is the player’s right to do so, though fans of the sports could not disagree more. Rightfully so, it is more often than not viewed as a blatant sign of disrespect for the flag, and for the country that many have died to protect.
A player for the Orlando Magic, Jonathan Isaac, who isn’t in the category of super-star, and whose name is, or was, relatively unknown, has suddenly skyrocketed to fame. It isn’t due to his abilities on the court, though he is a great player, it’s due to his defiance of what has become the norm.
During a recent game, Isaac was the only player on his team to not take a knee when the anthem was blasted over the loudspeakers. He stood tall and proud, head held high.
As a result of his patriotic stance, basketball jerseys bearing his name became the second-largest seller among all of the players in the NBA. His jersey sales surpassed those of every well-known player in the league, with the exception of LeBron James.
With all of the other Magic players wearing Black Lives Matter shirts as they knelt, Isaac was also the only one who refused to wear one. He wore his Magic jersey with the #1 printed on the front.
It should also be noted, Isaacs is black. And while one would assume he would be chastised by his fellow players, he wasn’t. The two players kneeling on either side of him placed their hands on his legs in support of his individual choice.
After the game, when asked why he chose to stand, Isaac cited how his b\firm belief in the Jesus Christ would not allow him to wear a Black Lives Matter shirt, or kneel before the flag.
The DeVos Family, owners of the Orlando Magic, in a statement of support for the kneeling players, made no mention of the one lone standing player.
“The DeVos Family and the Orlando Magic organization fully supports Magic players who have chosen to leverage their professional platform to send a peaceful and powerful message condemning bigotry, racial injustice, and the unwarranted use of violence by police, especially against people of color,” they stated.
The statement went on to say, “We’re confident the entire Magic family has immense respect for these entities and individuals. This is about coming together to end racism once and for all. We are committed to walking alongside our players — today and in the many days ahead — in the pursuit of lasting and impactful change.”
When asked about his reasons for not kneeling, Isaac eloquently replied with, “Absolutely [I believe] that Black lives matter. 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,” “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.”
All we can say is three cheers for Jonathan Isaac. Regardless of any backlash he may have anticipated, he stood firmly upon the rock of his foundation, and the Orlando Magic fans showed their appreciation. This is the sign of a true American patriot. Thank you, Mr. Isaac.