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During an NBA game Friday between the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets, black Christian minister Jonathan Isaac, a “forward” with the Orlando Magic, became the first player this season to not hypocritically take a knee during the playing of the national anthem.
Look, and take note of his t-shirt:
Jonathan Isaac chose to stand for the National Anthem without a BLM shirt
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 31, 2020
Unlike his fellow players, he wore his jersey — a standard one versus a virtue-signaling one — and not a “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt.
Following the game a couple of hours later, a so-called “journalist,” Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Reporter, chose to harangue Isaac over his decision.
“You didn’t kneel during the anthem, but you also didn’t wear a Black Lives Matter shirt. Do you believe black lives matter?” Rooks asked him.
She seemed to believe the only way to care about black lives is to participate in virtue-signaling stunts. Isaac replied by stating that he disagreed.
Listen to his response below:
I asked Jonathan Isaac two questions:
You didn’t kneel during the anthem but you also didn’t wear a black lives matter shirt. Do you believe black lives matter?
Can you explain what religion has to do with kneeling for the anthem to protest against racism and police brutality? pic.twitter.com/me61FleWPY
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) July 31, 2020
“Absolutely. I believe that black lives matter,” Isaac replied. “A lot went into my decision … kneeling or wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt don’t go hand-in-hand with supporting black lives … 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.”
He was right. The official Black Lives Matter movement that the BLM t-shirts worn by his peers paid tribute to is pro-abortion, and that’s problematic.
He continued by talking more about his faith.
“My life has been supported through the gospel, Jesus Christ, everyone is made in the image of God and that we all fall short of God’s glory, and that each and every one of us each and every day do things that we shouldn’t do, we say things that we shouldn’t say, we hate and dislike people that we shouldn’t hate and dislike, and sometimes it gets to a point where we point fingers about whose evil is worse, and sometimes it comes down to simply whose evil is most visible,” he said.
“I felt like I wanted to just take a stand on [it]. [I feel like] we all make mistakes, but I think that the gospel of Jesus Christ is that there’s grace for us, and that Jesus came and died for our sins, and that we all will come to an understanding of that, and understand that God wants to have a relationship with us, that we can get past skin color, we can get past all the things in our world that are messed up, jacked up.”
He had a valid point again, given as the BLM movement acts as if only blacks are sometimes unjustifiably killed by police. The fact is whites are as well:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 10, 2017
“I think when you look around, racism isn’t the only thing that afflicts our society, that plagues our nation, that plagues our world. I feel like coming together on that message, that we want to get past not only racism but everything that plagues us as a society, I feel like the answer to it is the gospel,” he added.
But instead of acknowledging Isaac’s point, Rooks, a so-called “journalist,” doubled down on her line of aggressive questioning
“Can you explain what religion has to do with kneeling for the anthem to protest against racism and police brutality?” she asked.
Didn’t he just explain that?
“I don’t think that kneeling or putting on a T-shirt, for me personally, is the answer. I feel like for me, black lives are supported through the gospel. All lives are supported through the gospel,” the NBA player replied.
“That we all, like I said, have things that we do wrong … we all fall short of God’s glory, and that at the end of the day, whoever will humble themselves and see God and repent of their sins, that we could see it in a different light … see people’s evil in a different light … it would help bring us closer together, and get past skin color, get past anything that’s on the surface that doesn’t really deal with the hearts of men and women.”
Rooks’ line of questioning provoked backlash — against her, not Isaac.
Gross. What kind of a question is that for a damn basketball player?
— Stop Making Sense (@Talkinghead2017) August 1, 2020
Honestly, there’s something ridiculous about sincerely asking a black man if he thinks black lives matter. Especially if the only evidence you’re working on is him standing during a song and wearing his team uniform.
— Tom (@tom_kezi) July 31, 2020
Ur outta pocket Taylor
— Nate (@BBNNate) July 31, 2020
She’s trying to shame him. Charles Barkley said that this isn’t the only way to support the cause, but it seems like y’all want it to be. The shaming and gatekeeping is ridiculous.
— Zechariah Cameron (@legitcizzle) July 31, 2020
Love seeing the media attack the character of a guy that does more for his community than anyone in the NBA
— Eli (@ORL_EGW) July 31, 2020
Isaac has an extensive history of charitable giving and words of wisdom.
“Isaac received the Magic’s community service award last year. He has donated money to feed children affected by the coronavirus pandemic, led a Hurricane Dorian relief effort and has raised money to help organizations promote literacy for children in Central Florida,” the Associated Press notes.
It’s not clear what sort of charity work Rooks has done …
Last year Isaac made headlines after delivering a speech on Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
“We can look back and see how far we’ve come but also be filled with the passion and the determination to not allow any sense of complacency into our hearts or our minds.”
— Be Magic Or Be Gone! (@BeORLMagic) August 1, 2020
None of this is to say Isaac isn’t facing any backlash, because he is, with the usual BLM extremists on Twitter labeling him a “c–n” and “Uncle Tom.”
Look (*Language warning):
There’s alway that one Uncle Tom, looks like Jonathan Isaac is the NBA’s. https://t.co/kLayvglUeo
— JJ (@jjdrafttweets) July 31, 2020
Jonathan Isaac is a coon to the nth degree. Idc about the anthem part but to intentionally not wear the Black Lives Matter shirt screams he doesn’t care about the BLACK people who lost their lives unjustly pic.twitter.com/59m1RqrH3k
— Buy Black (@TwoBuck4) July 31, 2020
jonathan isaac for coon of the year
— mars🤩💜 and 1,274 others (@omgisthatmars) July 31, 2020
It’s also unclear what sort of charity work they’ve done …
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