Magic forward Jonathan Isaac further reiterated his stance against getting vaccinated, implying the potential risks don’t seem to outweigh the reported benefits.
“It seemed forced. It seemed that there was so much pressure in doing it,” Isaac said from Myrtle Beach at the ReAwaken America Tour, via Eurohoops. “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, has been sidelined since suffering a torn ACL at the Disney bubble in 2020. He signed a contract extension through the 2025 season, however, and could return for training camp in the fall.
Isaac has spoken openly about his Christian faith and it being behind his decisions to not just go with the flow when it comes to life decisions. He was among a handful of players who did not kneel during the national anthem in the bubble.
“My life has been supported by the gospel of Jesus Christ,” he said at the time. “Everyone is made in the image of God and we all share in His glory. Each and everyone of us each and every day do things we shouldn’t do. We say things we shouldn’t say. We hate and dislike people that we shouldn’t hate and dislike. And sometimes it gets to the point where we point fingers about whose evil is worse, and sometimes it comes down to simply whose evil is most visible.
“I felt like I wanted just take a stand on — I felt like we all make mistakes but I think the gospel of Jesus Christ is that there’s grace for us. And that Jesus came and died for our sins. And that we all will come to an understanding of that and that God wants to have a relationship with us.”
Isaac wrote an entire book, “Why I Stand,” documenting his faith and life decisions.