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Jonathan Isaac reveals real reason for standing during anthem, not wearing BLM shirt

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Orlando Magic big man Jonathan Isaac chose to stand during the national anthem on Friday and not wear a Black Lives Matter shirt.

The Magic youngster explained his decision to reporters after Orlando defeated the Brooklyn Nets in both team’s first seeding game.

Magic head coach Steve Clifford said the organization fully supports Isaac’s stance. The talented center told his teammates before the game started he was going to stand during the anthem. The Magic locker room is a close group, so it makes sense the players are backing Issac.

After defeating the Nets, the Magic moved past Brooklyn in the Eastern Conference standings. Orlando is now in seventh place in the East. The team is trying to stay out of that eighth spot since no one wants to face the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2020 playoffs.

Before the season was suspended in March, Issac appeared in only 32 games for the Magic due to a knee injury. Some fans in Orlando were actually shocked to see the 22-year-old back in action since his knee injury was pretty severe. Issac averaged 12.0 points and 6.9 rebounds prior to getting hurt. He finished with 16 points and six rebounds on Friday against the Nets.

The Magic’s next seeding game is on Sunday against the Sacramento Kings.