Jonathan Isaac Doubles-Down In Face Of Critics: “I Still Stand in Jesus’ Name!”

July 31, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

After making waves for refusing to kneel in protest against racism during the pre-game national anthem, Orlando Magic player Jonathan Isaac stands firm in his decision and thanked fans for prayers after he sustained a devastating injury in another game.

Last week, 22-year-old Isaac became the first and only NBA player inside the bubble to stand during the national anthem and to avoid wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt.

Isaac explained after the game that he obviously believes black lives matter, but that “kneeling while wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt [doesn’t] go hand-in-hand with supporting black lives. My life has been supported through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and everyone is made in the image of God.”

“My teammates know who I am and what I believe as a person and they respect me for the decision,” Isaac added. “For me, personally, it’s not coming from a position of wanting to be popular or wanting to be seen. It all came down to what’s in my heart; I stake my flag with Jesus.”

Over the weekend, however, Isaac suffered a torn ACL during an away game against the Sacramento Kings.

Several Twitter users were merciless toward Isaac, claiming that he deserved his injury for refusing to side with BLM.

ESPN radio host Dan Le Batard even ran a poll on Twitter asking,“Is it funny the guy who refused to kneel immediately blew out his knee?”

Le Batard said multiple times on the show that he did not think it was funny, according to the New York Post, but the poll was posted nonetheless.

“We apologize for this poll question,” the show’s Twitter account posted. “I said on the front and back end of the on-air conversation that I didn’t think it was funny. Regardless of the context, we missed the mark. We took the tweet down when we realized our mistake in how we posed the question to the audience. -Dan”

As we previously reported, Kings sideline reporter Kayte Christensen-Hunter denounced the “disgusting” tweets mocking Isaac.

Isaac, impervious to hate from social media trolls, thanked fans for prayer and proclaimed his faith, saying he still stands “in Jesus’ name.”

“IT IS WELL!!!” Isaac tweeted. “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!!!!”

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