Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac stands as others kneel before the start of the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Magic on Friday.


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.


He explained his position on Friday ahead of the game versus the Brooklyn Nets, saying that he doesn''t think "putting that shirt on and kneeling went hand-in-hand with supporting Black lives."


"For me Black lives are supported through the gospel. All lives are supported through the gospel," he said. "We all have things that we do wrong and sometimes it gets to a place that we''re pointing fingers at who''s wrong is worst. Or who''s wrong is seen, so I feel like the Bible tells us that we all fall short of God''s glory. That will help bring us closer together and get past skin color. And get past anything that''s on the surface and doesn''t really get into the hearts or men and women."


Social media observers questioned why he chose to abstain from the league-wide protest.


The owners of the Magic, the DeVos family, released a statement in support of the players pre-game protest on Friday. The statement did not allude to Isaac''s decision to stand.


It added, "We are proud of the positive impact our players have made and join with them in the belief that sports can bring people together -- bridging divides and promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and unity. We know this is not about the military, the men and women who serve honorably to keep our communities safe for all, or those who have paid the ultimate price to provide freedom, including freedom of expression."


"We''re confident the entire Magic family has immense respect for these entities and individuals," the statement said. "This is about coming together to end racism once and for all. We are committed to walking alongside our players -- today and in the many days ahead -- in the pursuit of lasting and impactful change."


The Magic are taking on the Brooklyn Nets in the league''s third game of the resumed season in Orlando.


Every player kneeled for the NBA''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.

昨晚,每位重新開始2020賽季的NBA球員都穿著印有“Black Lives Matter”字樣的球衣,在國歌聲中跪下。

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.

西爾弗說:“我尊重我們的隊伍為了社會正義而采取的統一和平抗議的行動,在這種特殊情況下,我不會執行我們長期以來要求在奏國歌時站著的規定?!?br />