Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic is out for the season! He suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during last night’s game against the Sacramento Kings. The injury comes just days after he explained why he decided to stand during the National Anthem and why he chose not to wear a Black Lives Matter t-shirt like the rest of the NBA when the season restarted. Get it all inside…
Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac is out for the remainder of the season days after the NBA restarted the 2019-20 season in the Orlando Bubble.
The team announced Isaac tore his ACL in his left knee during a game against the Sacramento Kings last night with 9:19 minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter. He hopped between two Kings players on his way to the basket, but then his knee blew out and he fell to the floor, visibly in pain.
Watch it below:
Jonathan Isaac went down with an apparent knee injury and left the game in a wheelchair
Hope he’s okay pic.twitter.com/MZHoy9rqy2
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 3, 2020
Jonathan Isaac injury update pic.twitter.com/uCtH8MdaT3
— Orlando Magic PR (@Magic_PR) August 3, 2020
The team announced the 22-year-old baller would be “out indefinitely and his return to the court will depend on how he responds to treatment and rehabilitation.” You can read their press release above.
IT IS WELL!!! 2 Kings 4! Thank you for all of your prayers and concerns I’m encouraged. Remember our God is not just a God of the hills but a God of the valleys! (2 Corinthians ch 4 vs 9!) MY COMEBACK WILL BE GREATER THAN MY SETBACK!!!! I STILL STAND IN JESUS NAME!!!! pic.twitter.com/9Icv0WULQ6
— Jonathan Isaac (@JJudahIsaac) August 3, 2020
The NBA forward – who is an ordained minister – hopped on Twitter to thank everyone for their prayers and he remained optimistic about an epic comeback in “Jesus name.”
“IT IS WELL!!! 2 Kings 4!,” he tweeted. “Thank you for all of your prayers and concerns I’m encouraged. Remember our God is not just a God of the hills but a God of the valleys! (2 Corinthians ch 4 vs 9!) MY COMEBACK WILL BE GREATER THAN MY SETBACK!!!! I STILL STAND IN JESUS NAME!!!!”
The Magic ended up defeating the Kings, 132-116.
This was Isaac’s second game since the season restarted last Friday. During Magic’s first game against the Brooklyn Nets, Isaac decided to stand during the National Anthem (pictured atop). He also wore his team jersey instead of the “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt the other players and coaches (from both teams) were wearing. Kneeling during the National Anthem as a peaceful protest against police brutality was launched by former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick in 2016.
Sports journalist Taylor Rooks asked Isaac if he believed black lives mattered and asked him to explain what religion has to do with kneeling for the anthem to protest against racism and police brutality.
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
“I believe that Black Lives Matter. A lot went into my decision, and part of it is, I thought that kneeling or wearing the Black Lives Matter t-shirt doesn’t go hand-in-hand with supporting Black lives. So I felt like, just me personally, what is that I believe is taking 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 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.
Each and every one of us do things that we shouldn’t do and say things that we shouldn’t say. We hate and dislike things that we shouldn’t hate and dislike, and sometimes it gets to a point where we point fingers, whose evil is worse, and sometimes it comes down to whose evil is most visible. So I felt like I wanted to take a stand on, 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 if we all come to an understanding of that and that God wants to have a relationship with us, that we can get kept all of the things in our world that our messed up, jacked up.
I think when you look around, racism isn’t the only thing that plagues our society, that plagues our nation, that plagues our world, and I think coming together on that message that we want to get past not only racism but everything that plagues as us as a society, I feel like the answer to that is gospel.”
He also revealed he informed his teammates of his decision in a meeting before the game started.
Watch the full clip above.
The Magic released a statement when the season restarted where they showed support to the players using their platforms to raise awareness to issues that are important to them. No mention of Isaac not kneeling.
Technically, kneeling during the anthem is prohibited in the NBA. However, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that the league would not enforce that rule while in the Orlando Bubble.
“I respect our teams’ unified act of peaceful protest for social justice and under these unique circumstances will not enforce our long-standing rule requiring standing during the playing of our national anthem,” Adam said in a statement to Yahoo Sports.
Everybody has a right to say and do as they please accoridng to their beliefs.
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