Orlando Magic star Jonathan Isaac is battling back against secular culture by releasing his own line of basketball shoes, complete with a Bible verse.
Isaac, a Magic forward who became prominent in conservative circles for refusing to join the NBA’s left-wing advocacy by kneeling for the National Anthem, announced the release of the Judah 1 shoes on Instagram last week, as the Media Research Center reported on Tuesday.
The shoes follow the unveiling of Isaac’s Unitus clothing line in August.
“Thank you to my Wife, Pastor, family, and church family for helping this moment become a reality,” he posted on Instagram along with a video. “Today we make History!! I give God all of the glory and thank you all for your unwavering support! Your early support helps us continue to build!”
In the video, Isaac says the shoes feature a verse from St. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians.
Verse 9 says: “… persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; …”
Prior to that, verse 8 says, “We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair;”
Isaac said in the video that 2 Corinthians 9 is about his basketball career.
“I can look down and continue to keep faith, keep believing, keep moving forward,” he added.
Not only did Isaac earn the widespread scorn of leftists for refusing to kneel after the death of George Floyd, he also suffered a leg injury that nearly ended his career.
Isaac was out of basketball from August 2020 until January 2023 while recovering from a torn ACL.
The MRC reported that Isaac was first inspired to create the shoe in 2020, when his pastor suggested he develop own shoe line instead of inking deals with other companies. Isaac said he thought the idea was “ridiculous.”
But, he noted, he was convinced to follow through after seeing where American culture was headed.
“The way that we’re heading (in culture and society) is that we’re moving away from Godly values and principles and also constitutional values and principles,” Isaac said.
“And so my thought process was, what if we could give lovers of God, lovers of country, something that says, ‘Hey, these are our values, this is what we stand for,’ and we let the chips fall where they may.”
The MRC also noted that University of Central Florida students contributed creative ideas to the shoes’ design.
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