Jonathan Isaac talks at ReAwaken America Tour about refusing the vaccine

2022-05-15T09:58:09+00:00 2022-05-15T10:03:56+00:00.

Giannis Askounis

15/May/22 09:58

The latest stop of ReAwaken America Tour by Clay Clark featured Orlando Magic player Jonathan Isaac

By Johnny Askounis/

Jonathan Isaac, sidelined since tearing his left ACL in the 2020 NBA bubble, resurfaced as a speaker in the Myrtle Beach of the ReAwaken America Tour by Clay Clark.

“Viewing it, it seemed forced. It seemed that there was so much pressure in doing it,” he mentioned explaining once more his decision to refuse the vaccine against COVID-19, “I don’t see the wisdom in putting something into my body that’s not going to stop me from getting the virus or transmitting it. That is why I decided to be the only player on my team to not get vaccinated.”

Isaac, 24, had also gained attention in the NBA bubble for the 2020 Playoffs. He was the only player refusing to kneel in a demonstration of solidarity after the murder of George Floyd. He even wrote a book titled “Why I Stand” to explain his decision. Appearing in a tour labeled as pro-Trump and encouraging extreme conspiracy theories can be considered part of the book promotion and marketing.

Way before the controversial incidents, coming out of Florida State in 2017, he was picked by the Magic with the sixth overall pick of the NBA draft. He has since been limited to 141 games played over the first three seasons of his professional career before sitting out both 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons. He underwent knee surgery ahead of the 2020-21 season and during the lengthy rehab suffered a minor injury to his right hamstring leading to yet another surgical procedure last March.

In 2021, the young power forward’s contract was extended through 2024-25 but is not fully guaranteed over all three next seasons.

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