Ashley Landis / Pool / APThe Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac stands as others kneel during the national anthem before the start of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic on July 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Ashley Landis / Pool / AP)
Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic stood for the national anthem before his team’s game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, the lone player or coach in that game who did not kneel.
Isaac stood with his hands behind his back. He wore his Magic jersey and not the Black Lives Matter T-shirt that other players have had on for the anthems so far in the NBA’s season restart at Walt Disney World.
A person with knowledge of Isaac’s decision said it was not a surprise to his teammates and that his choice was discussed ahead of time.