Every single player, coach and ref took a knee during the National Anthem at the Pelicans-Jazz game on Thursday.
Every single member of Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans wore a Black Lives Matter t-shirt and took a knee on the court in the NBA’s first game back.
“Black Lives Matter” was painted on the court in large glossy letters.
Every player, coach and ref takes a knee during the national anthem before the Pelicans-Jazz game pic.twitter.com/LZy1A6s8VM
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In the meantime, the Orlando Magic’s Johnathan Isaac has become a new national sports hero as his jersey soared near the top top spot behind only LeBron James, after the player stood for the national anthem on their first game of the season.
Isaac, an ordained minister, later explained that as a Christian, and he does not feel it appropriate to take a knee during the anthem.
“I believe that Black Lives Matter. A lot went into my decision, and part of it is, I thought that kneeling or wearing the Black Lives Matter t-shirt doesn’t go hand-in-hand with supporting Black lives,” Issac said. “So I felt like, just me personally, what is that I believe is taking on a stance that, I do believe that Black lives matter, but I just felt like it was a decision that I had to make, and I didn’t feel like putting that shirt on and kneeling went hand in hand with supporting Black lives. I believe that for myself, my life has been supported by gospel, Jesus Christ, and everyone is made in the image of God and that we all forge through God’s glory. ”
Isaac received his team’s community service award in 2019. He has donated money to feed children affected by the coronavirus pandemic, led a Hurricane Dorian relief effort, and has raised money to help organizations promote literacy for children in Central Florida, the AP reported.
Unfortunately for basketball fans, Isaac tore his ACL and will end up sitting out the shortened 2020 season.