Jonathan Isaac Preferred To Stand
By: Mark F.
Earlier this year, the Orlando Magic organization and the DeVos Family issued a statement. They openly support Magic players that choose 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.
However, the Orlando Magic's player Jonathan Isaac preferred to stand during the national anthem and received scrutiny from fans during the first three games of the NBA's restarted season. Isaac chose not to wear a Black Lives Matter shirt, but instead, he wore his Magic jersey. During an interview with Isaac, he shared, "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. 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."
Some fans feel that sports players bridge divides and promote inclusion, equality, diversity, and unity when taking a knee. The Orlando Magic explained, "we know this is not about the military, the men and women who serve honorably to keep our communities safe for all, or those who have paid the ultimate price to provide freedom, including freedom of expression. The Magic family has immense respect for these entities and individuals. However, this is about coming together to end racism once and for all. We are committed to walking alongside our players." How will this political stance influence the way fans view the game?
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