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Magic Forward Isaac Defies Trend, Stands During National Anthem

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Jonathan Isaac #1 of the Orlando Magic stands as others kneel before the start of a game on July 31, 2020.(Ashley Landis /Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 31 July 2020 07:19 PM

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac was the lone player to stand during the “Star- Spangled Banner” before his team’s game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday and the only one in the first three games to not kneel as the NBA resumed its season in isolation at Disney World’s sports complex near Orlando, Florida.

Isaac, 22, a 6-foot-11 third-year veteran who played one year at Florida State, stood wearing his jersey while his teammates all donned “Black Lives Matter” black T-shirts.

Although Isaac could not be asked about his action, he had commented in June on protests following the death of a Black man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.

"Just because we are in the position of being an NBA player, it doesn't give us automatically an understanding or insight to issues that happen around us," Isaac told ClickOrlando.com. "But I think because we have the ear of so many it's important for us to be diligent, to be vocal, but in a balanced way."

Isaac is one of a handful of athletes who have defied the kneeling trend as sports leagues have begun to resume play.

A week ago, San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sam Coonrod refused to kneel along with his teammates and members of the Los Angeles Dodgers before their Major League Baseball season opener, saying he could not join the Black Lives Matter protest because of his Christian faith. He also disagreed with many Black Lives Matter positions, he said.

The NBA is conducting an eight-game resumption of its season postponed in March without spectators among 22 of its teams invited to Disney. A 16-team playoffs is to follow. Major League Baseball began an abbreviated 60-game season last week in each of the teams’ home stadiums, except Toronto, also without spectators.

The National Hockey League is to resume its season on Saturday in two locations, Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, in Canada.

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