OOrlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac has released a new book detailing his decision to represent the national anthem amid an NBA-wide protest supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
In the wake of the death of George Floyd in 2020, Isaac’s teammates knelt and wore Black Lives Matter t-shirts, while Isaac, who is a Christian, opted to stand alone. In his book
Why am I standing
, Isaac explained that he wanted to make changes in a way that resonated with his faith.
“What happened to George Floyd was obviously tragic,” Isaac said. fox and friends Monday. “What is happening to our country and our world is obviously tragic. I tried my best to ask myself what was the best way for me to respond in a way that could bring about change. I looked at the inside of me and I said, ‘The love of Jesus Christ and the gospel is what changed my life, and I can’t think of a greater message or antidote for the times we’re seeing than this message. .
“I decided to stand up and say this and remind people that we all fall short of the glory of God. We are all wrong in almost every way. We all need a saviour,” Isaac continued. “If we could choose to forgive as God forgives us, that is, despite our faults and our differences, we could see real change.”
In Why am I standing, Isaac wrote that he expected criticism over his choice not to kneel for the national anthem.
“I dared to challenge someone else’s symbolism. I knew some of my teammates would back down from my position,” Isaac wrote. “I knew others would question my character, my motives. And I knew that from then on people would start to define me based on the position – without the story.
Speaking at the ReAwaken America Tour in South Carolina on Saturday, Isaac said his decision to perform the national anthem was not about race, political affiliation or flag.
“It wasn’t entirely about the flag”, Isaac
. “It was just that moment of saying, ‘I believe the love of Jesus Christ is what will ultimately heal this world because that’s what healed me. “”
Isaac, who was sidelined with a
also drew national attention for his decision not to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I don’t see the wisdom of putting something in my body that isn’t going to stop me from catching the virus or passing it on,” Isaac
the audience of the ReAwaken America Tour. “That’s why I decided to be the only player in my team not to be vaccinated.”
the Orlando Magic called Isaac a “thoughtful young man with immense faith who has done a great job in the community and uses his platform to speak out.”
Why am I standing was published by Daily Wire Books and was released on Tuesday.