Jonathan Isaac addresses his stance on the COVID-19 vaccination

Isaac said he’s not anti-vax but believes it should be a personal choice that’s free of ridicule

Jonathan Isaac in recent years has been forced to discuss off-the-court topics more regularly than anything basketball related.

That’s mainly because injuries have robbed him of much of the last two seasons. But it’s also because of his decision to adhere to and fight for his convictions.

In July 2020, Isaac’s return from a knee injury that sidelined him for seven months was overshadowed by his decision to stand during the National Anthem while his teammates and opponents knelt in protest of racial injustice.

On Monday at Orlando Magic Media Day, Isaac answered questions regarding his decision not to get the COVID-19 vaccine, a decision that potentially could lead to missing games depending on the NBA’s protocols in various cities. His response came days after he was labeled “proudly unvaccinated” in a Rolling Stone article on the NBA’s anti-vaxxers that Isaac said on Monday “badly misrepresented.”

“I am not anti-vax, I’m not anti-medicine, I am not anti-science,” Isaac told reporters Monday. “I didn’t come to my current stance by studying Black history or watching Donald Trump press conferences (as the story states). I have nothing but the utmost respect for every healthcare worker and person in Orlando and all across the world that have worked tirelessly to keep us safe. My mom has worked in healthcare for a really long time. I thank God and I’m grateful that I live in a society where vaccines are possible, and we can protect ourselves and have the means to protect ourselves.

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