It was a move that was courageous but one that needed a little more thought. Yes Isaac eloquently explained his stance during the post game interview of the Magic’s victory over the Brooklyn Nets but his slight lack of foresight will perhaps shine a negative light on the movement that the NBA is supporting in full force.
Not only did Isaac not kneel as all other NBA players have during the league’s recent restart, he didn’t wear a Black Lives Matter shirt nor did he have social justice messaging on the back of his jersey.
And that’s his right….
But the fear now is, Will Jonathan Isaac be used as a symbol against the very progress that the NBA and other sports league are beginning to fight for? In a sense it will raise his image in one light, and perhaps destroy it in another.
For those who believe that politics shouldn’t be a part of sports, Issac will be their new champion, he will gain fans and despite his reason for not kneeling, his narrative will be twisted and turned just as that of Colin Kaepernick in years past.
“Absolutely,” Isaac said. “I believe that Black lives matter. A lot went into my decision and part of it is my thought that kneeling while wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt don’t go hand in hand with supporting Black lives. And so I felt like, just me personally and what it is that I believe in, standing on a stance that 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 went hand in hand with supporting Black lives.”