Jonathan Isaac, basketball player for the Orlando Magic, was the first NBA player to stand during the national anthem. He also did not wear a Black Lives Matter shirt.
Many people have given attention to the basketball player’s decision, and this can be seen in his jersey sales.
According to Fox News, two days after the Magic’s game on Friday, Isaac’s jersey sales surged on the NBA’s store. His jersey became the second-best seller on the league’s website as of Sunday.
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Isaac Explains His Stance
The basketball player explained his decision after the game on Friday. “I believe that Black Lives Matter. A lot went into my decision,” he said. “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.”
Isaac added that he “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.”
“I think when you look around, racism isn’t the only thing that plagues our society, that plagues our nation, that plagues our world, and I think coming together on that message that we want to get past not only racism but everything that plagues as us as a society, I feel like the answer to that is Gospel.”