Before his game on Friday, Orlando Magic basketball player Jonathan Issac was the only player from both teams to stand for the National Anthem. He also refused to wear a Black Lives Matter shirt which every other player was wearing.
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Isaac was the lone person out of the first three games of the NBA’s restarted season. He also didn’t wear a Black Lives Matter shirt and instead chose to stand with his arms at his back with his Magic jersey showing.
It’s also worth noting that Isaac was ruled out for the rest of the season in February after suffering a significant knee injury in January. He was able to play because of the time lapse between the injury and the NBA restarting the season. He checked into the game wearing a giant white leg brace on his left leg.
It wasn’t immediately clear why Isaac chose to stand while his other teammates knelt.
During a podcast on TNT on Friday, basketball legend Charles Barkley strongly defended professional athletes who refuse to kneel for the National Anthem.
“My thing is, listen. The national anthem means different things to different people. I’m glad these guys are all unified. But if people… If people don’t kneel, they’re not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear. I’m glad they had unity, but if we have a guy who doesn’t want to kneel ’cause the anthem means something to him, he should not be vilified.”
Shortly before Barkley made the comments, NBA star Shaquille O’Neal praised the players for kneeling for the National Anthem.
“That was so beautifully done, done in unity. Nice to see. Think it’s very important that you speak up. Very important that you speak your mind. So we use our voice to bring awareness. Now we have to go vote. We have to continue to fight, continue the movement. Again, I’m proud of everybody,” he said.
During his radio show, Rush Limbaugh noted, “It’s gotten to that point. The people who want to stand for the national anthem in the NBA are the people who have to be defended, not the people who are kneeling in opposition to the anthem, in opposition to the country. They don’t have to be defended. But the people who don’t want to kneel, the people who want to express their appreciation and honor for the national anthem, for the country?”
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