Isaac, a 22-year-old African American, has not had the chance to explain his reasoning yet as the Nets-Magic game is now ongoing. While the rest of the Magic got down on one knee during the national anthem, Isaac chose to stand.
So far, Jonathan hasn't commented on his decision to stand publicly - because the game is now being played.
The DeVos family, which owns the Magic, released a statement in support of the protest during Friday's game.
With the move, Isaac becomes the first NBA player to stand during the national anthem. All players have voiced their opinion on BLM and kneeling during the anthem to make a statement.
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.
The team said it was proud of its players, and stressed that the protests are not about the military, but about "bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police". I'm glad they had unity, but if we have a guy who doesn't want to kneel because the anthem means something to him, he should not be vilified'. Isaac was also the lone player on the court who didn't wear a Black Lives Matter shirt.
"I'm very curious about - and will be patient for - Jonathan Isaac's explanation here", tweeted basketball writer Dane Moore. Many locked arms with those next to them, while some players raised fists in the air.
The anthem before the Jazz-Pelicans game was performed virtually by Louisiana native Jon Batiste, who played a rendition with a mix of piano and guitar. This was done so as to use the platform of the National Basketball Association to spread more awareness about the "Black Lives Matter" campaign.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday night he would not force players to stand during the anthem.
The game was the first in four-plus months since the regular season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.