As professional sports ramp up again, players are having to decide whether or not to stand for the national anthem. Because of Colin Kaepernick, kneeling during the national anthem has been seen as a sign of “protesting” in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and against police brutality.
Not all players are falling into the trap. In fact, the Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Issac and the Miami Heat’s Meyers Leonard both decided to stand for the national anthem. . .
“I believe that Black Lives Matter. A lot went into my decision and part of it is, first off, is my thought that kneeling or wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt don’t go hand-in-hand with supporting black lives. … I believe that for myself, my life has been supported through the Gospel and Jesus Christ,” he explained.
“Every morning He’s made in the image of God and through God’s glory, each and every one of us, each and every day, do things we shouldn’t do, say things that we shouldn’t say. We hate and dislike people we shouldn’t hate and dislike,” Issac explained.
Orlando Magic player Jonathan Isaac stood alone for the national anthem.
This is what courage looks like. When the rest of the NBA took a knee, Isaac stood with pride for America.
Sometimes, when you stand for what is right, you must stand alone. pic.twitter.com/fl4cb2qbtF
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) July 31, 2020
The NBA player said that everyone makes mistakes and he believes it’s God’s grace that sets us free. Issac said if more people turn to Jesus and had a relationship with Him that our society would be able to get past things that divide us.
"I'm black. I grew up black. I have a black little brother that lives in America. I'm not for racism." pic.twitter.com/rsyqXh7Zws
— Daren Stoltzfus (@DarenStoltzfus) July 31, 2020
(Read more from “NBA Players Reveal Why They Chose to Stand for the National Anthem” HERE)