Why this NBA player decided not to kneel
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The collective knee of the NBA professionals outshone the restart. Now the first player stopped and didn’t wear a shirt with the words “Black Lives Matter”. He justified it afterwards. A successful coach acted similarly.
Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic was the first player in the NBA season to not take part in the league-wide protest for social justice and against racism. Before the duel with the Brooklyn Nets on Friday evening, which the Magic won 128: 118, the 22-year-old Forward stopped during the US national anthem. All of the other players, like their colleagues the day before, got on their knees at the start of the restart tournament in the so-called bubble in Orlando (Florida).
Isaac also wore his Magic jersey and not a T-shirt with the words “Black Lives Matter”. He justified this after the game with religious reasons.
“Getting on your knees and wearing a Black Lives Matter ‘shirt isn’t the answer for me personally,” he said. “For me, black lives are supported by the gospel.” While his teammates were kneeling, he prayed, Isaac said.
Star coach Popovich also stops
Long-time San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and his assistant coach Becky Hammon also stopped before the game against the Sacramento Kings. Both wore “Black Lives Matter” sweaters.
The 71-year-old Popovich, also coach of the US national team, did not want to give any reasons for his standing: “Everyone has to make a personal decision. The league was great in this regard: everyone has the freedom to react as they want. ”
The joint kneeling of all NBA professionals had outshone the restart, afterwards NBA boss Adam Silver made it clear: “I respect the peaceful peaceful protest of our teams for social justice and under these circumstances will become the long-standing rule that requires standing at the national anthem, don’t enforce. “