Orlando Magic star Jonathan Isaac became the first player who refused to kneel during the national anthem as the NBA restarted its season.
The league resumed on Friday from a four-month break because of coronavirus and teams showed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement that has swept across the globe.
Every single player wore Black Lives Matter shirts and took a knee during the anthem on day one, but Isaac didn’t follow suit before the Magic’s game against the Brooklyn Nets on day two.
The power forward took a stand — literally — and was the only player not wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt while the anthem was played. Instead, he wore his team trackpants and jersey.
Isaac bucked the trend in Orlando.Source:Getty Images
NBA players have been vocal in their support for racial equality and wanting an end to police brutality in the wake of the shocking death of American man George Floyd while in police custody.
LA Lakers superstar LeBron James has been among the most outspoken stars and he continued to push his message after coming up clutch with the last basket of the game to give his side a two-point win over the Clippers yesterday.
“There’s been progress but in the past when we’ve made progress we’ve let our foot off the gas a little bit,” James said.
“We can’t do that. We want to continue to keep our foot on the gas, continue to push forward, continue to spread love throughout America.
“We’re dealing with a lot of racism, a lot of social injustice, a lot of police brutality. Not only in my neighbourhoods and not only with black people, but with people of colour and it’s something we want to continue to have people’s ears open too.
“We have ears now but we cannot stop.”
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