Just days after sparking attention all over the internet, Orlando Magic player Jonathan Isaac is doubling down on his decision to remain standing for the national anthem.
Despite the backlash he's faced, Isaac is standing his ground.
IT IS WELL!!! 2 Kings 4! Thank you for all of your prayers and concerns I'm encouraged. Remember our God is not just a God of the hills but a God of the valleys! (2 Corinthians ch 4 vs 9!) MY COMEBACK WILL BE GREATER THAN MY SETBACK!!!! I STILL STAND IN JESUS NAME!!!! pic.twitter.com/9Icv0WULQ6— Jonathan Isaac (@JJudahIsaac) August 3, 2020
The 22-year-old athlete became the first and only NBA player inside the bubble to remain standing during "The Star-Spangled Banner." He also decided not to wear a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, according to CBN News.
During a presser, Isaac explained he does, of course, believe Black lives matter. His life, however, is ultimately grounded in his faith in God—not a political campaign.
Orlando Magic player Jonathan Isaac stood alone for the national anthem.— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) July 31, 2020
This is what courage looks like. When the rest of the NBA took a knee, Isaac stood with pride for America.
Sometimes, when you stand for what is right, you must stand alone. pic.twitter.com/fl4cb2qbtF
I believe that black lives matter," he said. "Kneeling while wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt [doesn't] go hand-in-hand with supporting black lives. My life has been supported through the gospel—Jesus Christ—and everyone is made in the image of God."
His decision was personal, not a choice intended to make him popular.
"My teammates know who I am and what I believe as a person and they respect me for the decision," Isaac said. "For me, personally, it's not coming from a position of wanting to be popular or wanting to be seen. It all came down to what's in my heart; I stake my flag with Jesus."
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