While every other player in Friday's game between the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets chose to kneel during the pregame national anthem, Magic forward Jonathan Isaac stood alone, also not choosing to don the Black Lives Matter t-shirt the rest of the players wore.
Following the game, Isaac clarified why he chose to stand while all of his teammates and coaches knelt.
"Kneeling or wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt don't go hand in hand with supporting Black lives," Isaac said.
Warriors center Marquese Chriss showed his support for Isaac in an Instagram comment, calling Isaac's justification "well spoken."
Marquese Chriss respects Jonathan Isaac’s decision to stand for the national anthem before Magic-Nets last night pic.twitter.com/0HnVQxGnJJ— Alex Didion (@alexdidion_) August 1, 2020
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After another commenter questioned Chriss, the 23-year-old doubled down.
"Wats understood don't needa be explained," Chriss wrote.
Isaac, who became an ordained minister earlier this year, cited his faith as the primary factor behind his decision.
"So I felt like, just me personally, what is that I believe is taking on a stance that," Isaac said (h/t ESPN). "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."
Isaac's reasoning stood in contrast to Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod -- who also is Christian -- who was the only player among all the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers who chose to stand during the national anthem at Dodger Stadium on Opening Night of the 2020 MLB season.
"I'm a Christian, like I said, and I just can't get on board with a couple of things that I have read about Black Lives Matter," Coonrod said after the game. "How they lean toward Marxism and they've said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can't get on board with that."
Isaac wasn't the only person from Friday night's slate of NBA games to stand for the anthem, as San Antonio Spurs coaches Gregg Popovich and Becky Hammon also elected not to kneel with their players before San Antonio took on the Kings.