During a press conference on Friday, that player, Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic, explained why.
After noting that he did not kneel during the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner" or wear a Black Lives Matter shirt along with all the other players, a reporter asked Isaac (who is black), if he believes black lives matter.
A lot went into my decision and part of it is, first off, it's my thought that kneeling or wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt don't go hand-in-hand with supporting black lives."
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The statement did not mention Isaac's lone stance for the stars and stripes, but BleacherReport reported that according to ESPN, Magic head coach Steve Clifford said, "himself, the players and the franchise support Jonathan Isaac's decision to stand during the anthem and not kneel."