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The Orlando Magic's Jonathan Isaac becomes the lone player to stand for National Anthem

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Orlando Magic's Jonathan Isaac (1) stands as others kneel before the start of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic Friday, July 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

The television broadcast showed Isaac, who is Black, standing as players and coaches from both teams, as well as referees, took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. The 22-year-old forward was also the only player seen not wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt.

(CNN)The Orlando Magic's Jonathan Isaac became the first NBA player to stand for the National Anthem as the league resumed play after a 20-week hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The television broadcast showed Isaac, who is Black, standing as players and coaches from both teams, as well as referees, took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem.

The 22-year-old forward was also the only player seen not wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt.

Isaac can be seen wearing his Magic game jersey instead.

If a player stands or kneels, I could care less. "

The owners of the Magic, the DeVos family, released a statement in support of the players pre-game protest on Friday.

"The DeVos Family and the Orlando Magic organization fully supports Magic players who have chosen to leverage their professional platform to send a peaceful and powerful message condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police, especially against people of color," the statement said.

Every player kneeled for the league's reopening games

Last night, every NBA player who restarted the league's 2020 season kneeled during the National Anthem while wearing "Black Lives Matter" shirts.

On some game jerseys, players' names were replaced with messages, such as "Equality," "I am a man," "Ally," and "Say her name," sending a clear message in support of the social justice movement.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday night he would not force players to stand during the anthem.

"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," Silver said.

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