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Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac reveals why he stood for national anthem at NBA restart

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Orlando Magic star Jonathan Isaac has explained his decision not to kneel for the national anthem or wear a Black Lives Matter shirt – the only NBA player so far since the restart not to do so.

Bronx-born Isaac, 22, stood for the national anthem before Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets – the second night of games since the league restarted at Disney World on Thursday night.  

‘Absolutely, I believe that Black Lives Matter,’ he said afterwards. 

‘I also believe that kneeling while wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt doesn’t go hand-in-hand with supporting black lives.’

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac stood for the national anthem before Friday's game

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac stood for the national anthem before Friday's game

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac stood for the national anthem before Friday’s game

In the press conference after the game, Isaac explained his decision not to kneel

In the press conference after the game, Isaac explained his decision not to kneel

In the press conference after the game, Isaac explained his decision not to kneel

Pressed on why he chose to stand, he replied: ‘I felt like it was a decision I had to make, and I didn’t feel like putting that shirt on and kneeling went hand-in-hand with supporting black lives.’

He said his strong faith guided his decision. 

‘For me, my life is supported through the gospel of Jesus Christ. All lives are supported through the gospel,’ he said. 

‘Everyone is made in the image of God and we all share in His glory.

‘Each and every one of us, each and every day, do things we shouldn’t. We say things we shouldn’t say. We hate and dislike people we shouldn’t hate and dislike.

‘And sometimes we get to the point where we point fingers about whose evil is worse, and sometimes it comes down to simply whose evil is more visible.’ 

Isaac said that he felt faith was a way to help ‘get past color, all the things in our world that are messed up.’  

‘That, at the end of the day, will help us see our mistakes in a different light,’ he said.

‘It will help bring us closer together and get past skin color. And get past anything that’s on the surface and doesn’t really get into the hearts or men and women.’ 

As was the case before Thursday’s games, players, coaches, and referees all took a knee and locked arms ahead of Friday’s game.

Isaac said that he was praying during the anthem. 

Jonathan Isaac (1) stands as others kneel before the start of a game against the Brooklyn Nets

Jonathan Isaac (1) stands as others kneel before the start of a game against the Brooklyn Nets

Jonathan Isaac (1) stands as others kneel before the start of a game against the Brooklyn Nets

The DeVos family, which owns the Magic, released a statement in support of the protest during Friday’s game.

‘The DeVos Family and the Orlando Magic organization fully supports Magic players who have chosen to leverage their professional platform to send a peaceful and powerful message condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police, especially against people of color,’ read the statement. 

‘We are proud of the positive impact our players have made and join with them in the belief that sports can bring people together — bridging divides and promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and unity.’

The DeVos family includes US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who is married to Richard DeVos Jr. — the son and namesake of the Amway co-founder.

On Thursday, former NBA star-turned-TNT broadcaster Charles Barkley said he would support anyone who chose not to kneel during the anthem. 

‘I’m glad these guys are unified,’ he said after players protested on Thursday. 

‘If people don’t kneel, they’re not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear. 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.’ 

Every person present at HP Fieldhouse on the ESPN Wide World of Sports campus near Orlando knelt during the national anthem before the first games of the NBA’s restarted season on Thursday night.

All players, coaches and staff members of the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz, along with all officials, wore shirts reading ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER,’ which was also printed on the court. Many locked arms with those next to them, while some players raised fists in the air.

LeBron James points to the sky after kneeling in protest of racism during the anthem

LeBron James points to the sky after kneeling in protest of racism during the anthem

LeBron James points to the sky after kneeling in protest of racism during the anthem 

The players and coaches on the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers also knelt prior to Thursday night’s later game at The Arena on the Wide World of Sports campus.

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.

Before the anthem, the TNT broadcast aired an introductory segment narrated by rapper Meek Mill, promoting social justice initiatives and the BLM movement, followed by a segment with several NBA players speaking on the subject.

Players displayed a variety of social justice messages on the backs of their jerseys, including ‘Black Lives Matter,’ ‘Say Their Names’ and ‘I Can’t Breathe.’

The game was the first in four-plus months since the regular season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Again at the Lakers-Clippers game, various players had social justice messages on the backs of their uniforms. Lakers star LeBron James passed on the option and went with his last name.

The Compton Kidz Club sang the national anthem through a video feed before the Clippers faced the Lakers.

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Robin Williams’s daughter hits back at Eric Trump for sharing video of her late father

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Robin Williams’s daughter Zelda has condemned Eric Trump for digging out one of her father’s old comedy clips, in which he mocks Joe Biden.

In the 2009 clip, Williams, who died in 2014, pokes fun at the then-vice president.

‘We still have great comedy out there,’ said Williams. 

‘There’s always rambling Joe Biden – what the f***?

‘Joe says s*** that even people with Tourette’s go: ‘No. What is going on?’

Williams said that Biden was ‘like your uncle who is on a new drug but hasn’t got the dosage right’.

Zelda Williams, daughter of Robin Williams, scolded Eric Trump for using a clip of her father

Zelda Williams, daughter of Robin Williams, scolded Eric Trump for using a clip of her father

Zelda Williams, daughter of Robin Williams, scolded Eric Trump for using a clip of her father

Eric Trump retweeted a 2009 clip of the late comedian mocking Joe Biden on stage

Eric Trump retweeted a 2009 clip of the late comedian mocking Joe Biden on stage

Eric Trump retweeted a 2009 clip of the late comedian mocking Joe Biden on stage

Williams hit back at Trump, unamused by his use of her father to 'reminisce'

Williams hit back at Trump, unamused by his use of her father to 'reminisce'

Williams hit back at Trump, unamused by his use of her father to ‘reminisce’

He then imitated Biden, saying: ‘”I’m proud to work with Barack America” – he’s not a superhero, you idiot!

‘”When FDR was on television…” – there was no TV then, sit down, Joe.’

Trump, 36, retweeted the clip on Thursday with the headline: ‘Robin Williams Just Savages Joe Biden.’

On Saturday Williams, 31, voiced her displeasure at Trump’s use of her father’s work.  

‘While we’re “reminiscing” (to further your political agenda), you should look up what he said about your Dad,’ she tweeted. 

‘I did. Promise you, it’s much more “savage”. 

‘Gentle reminder that the dead can’t vote, but the living can.’

Williams’s comment was ‘liked’ 79,000 times. 

Eric Trump, pictured with his wife Lara in March, has not responded to Williams's criticism

Eric Trump, pictured with his wife Lara in March, has not responded to Williams's criticism

Eric Trump, pictured with his wife Lara in March, has not responded to Williams’s criticism

On social media many pointed to a 2012 clip in which Williams described visiting Atlantic City in New Jersey, where Donald Trump owned casinos.

Williams described the place as being ‘like the Wizard of Oz on acid: junkies and pimps and pizza – oh my!’

He continued: ‘Donald Trump is the Wizard of Oz. He plays monopoly with real f****** buildings – this is a scary man.

‘And he owns all these beauty pageants. Miss America, Miss Universe.

‘Isn’t it like Michael Vick owning a series of pet stores? It’s a f****** catch and release program for him.

Trump seemed not to realize that Robin Williams had also made fun of his father

Trump seemed not to realize that Robin Williams had also made fun of his father

Trump seemed not to realize that Robin Williams had also made fun of his father

‘This is man who says: “My Daughter is hot.” Even people in Arkansas said that’s f****** wrong.

‘And that f****** hair? I believe the hair is The Donald. The body is a maintenance system for the hair.’ 

Williams has been outspoken about protecting the legacy of her father, who died by suicide at the age of 63 in August 2014.

He was suffering from Lewy Body Dementia, a type of brain disease that affected his thinking, memory and movement control. It is the second-most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease.

Two weeks ago she marked what would have been her father’s 69th birthday.  

‘Today would’ve been Dad’s 69th birthday, so to honor him (& that glorious number), I will be donating $69.69 to as many local homeless shelters as I can,’ she tweeted. 

‘Join me if you like, but regardless, know I am wishing you all at least one hearty, immature belly laugh on Dad today.’ 

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The dip and onion relish from Aldi mums are adding to their spaghetti bolognese to lift the flavour 

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An Australian mother has shared her two favourite Aldi buys to include in a spaghetti bolognese – sparking a frenzy of buyers wanting to purchase the unique pasta ingredients.

The woman uses Mediterranean Delite Garlic Dip ($3.50) and Colway Caramelised Onion Relish ($2.69) to season her tomato-filled pasta sauce, giving the combination a ‘thumbs up’ of approval.

‘I use about three-quarter’s of a jar of the onion relish and half of the garlic dip for a kilo of mince… I just add until it is to your taste,’ she said.

The woman uses Mediterranean Delite Garlic Dip ($3.50) and Colway Caramelised Onion Relish ($2.69) to season her tomato-filled pasta sauce (pictured)

The woman uses Mediterranean Delite Garlic Dip ($3.50) and Colway Caramelised Onion Relish ($2.69) to season her tomato-filled pasta sauce (pictured)

The woman uses Mediterranean Delite Garlic Dip ($3.50) and Colway Caramelised Onion Relish ($2.69) to season her tomato-filled pasta sauce (pictured)

While they’re not traditionally products that would be mixed into a bolognese, the additions came with high praise from the online Aldi community.

‘Omg that garlic dip is to die for and so yummy,’ one woman said.

‘The garlic dip is going to disappear at this rate! It’s literally life changing,’ said another.

The ultimate bolognese recipe with garlic dip and caramelised onion:

Ingredients:

– 1 large brown onion

– 1kg of pork mince 

– 1-2 tablespoons of minced garlic

– 2 400g tins of crushed tomatoes

– 4-5 big tablespoons of tomato paste

– A big sprinkle of Italian mixed herbs 

– 1 beef stock cube

– 1 cup of milk

– Garlic dip and onion relish to taste 

Method: 

1. Brown onions, mix in garlic and stir for a minute or so.

2. Brown mince, add Italian herbs, stir in tomato paste.

3. Add crushed tomatoes, stock cube and milk (if you feel it needs more liquid add a touch more milk).

4. Lit it simmer.

5. Once the sauce has thickened up I add in the garlic dip and onion relish.

6. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy.

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While they're not traditionally products that would be mixed into a bolognese (pictured), the additions came with high praise from the online Aldi community (stock image)

While they're not traditionally products that would be mixed into a bolognese (pictured), the additions came with high praise from the online Aldi community (stock image)

While they’re not traditionally products that would be mixed into a bolognese (pictured), the additions came with high praise from the online Aldi community (stock image)

Mediterranean Delite Garlic Dip (pictured)

Mediterranean Delite Garlic Dip (pictured)

Mediterranean Delite Garlic Dip (pictured)

A third added: ‘I really like the relish on its own so I’ll have to try it mixed with the dip. Good thinking!’ 

The woman also adds a cup of milk to her bolognese recipe instead of water to give the recipe a more ‘liquid-y’ finish.

Others have found the garlic dip – which is relatively new – to be delicious as a pizza base with seafood or as the ‘butter’ in a cheese toastie.  

‘The is the last post I needed to see before I headed over to Aldi,’ one woman joked.   

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‘Evangelical’ Christians armed with a megaphone face off against Hillsong followers in Sydney

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Divisive footage has emerged of an ‘extremist’ Christian church leader preaching to a large group of Hillsong worshippers about their ‘sinfulness’. 

The Church of Adelaide filmed the showdown outside Hillsong’s campus in Sydney’s inner city and posted the confrontation to its online platforms last Friday.

Hillsong has since hit back, claiming the preacher was from an ‘extremist group’ that targets not only them but other evangelical churches.

The footage showing a large public gathering is believed to have be filmed prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Armed with a megaphone, a man shouts at dozens of Hillsong followers of all ages, including children from across the street in ‘a true gospel preaching of the True Christ.’ 

Dozens of Hillsong followers watch on as a man preaches to them about the gospel from across the street in Sydney's inner-city

Dozens of Hillsong followers watch on as a man preaches to them about the gospel from across the street in Sydney's inner-city

Dozens of Hillsong followers watch on as a man preaches to them about the gospel from across the street in Sydney’s inner-city

‘The gospel of Jesus Christ is a powerful God. Have you ever known a gospel like that?’ the man preaches. 

He’s accompanied by a second man he claims was a former Hillsong follower for many years. 

‘This man right here went to Hillsong friends, for years he went to Hillsong he was in sin. 

‘He was overcome by sexual sin. They said you’re fine. The pastor said you were fine. I am in sexual sin too.’

His address was briefly interrupted by the arrival of two police officers who were called to the scene to investigate the commotion. 

The man appears to carry on chanting about Jesus shortly afterwards. 

The Church of Adelaide later shared the footage titled ‘Hillsong Exposed: True Gospel Preaching of The True Christ Outside of Hillsong Church’ to its YouTube channel, which has more than 1,100 subscribers.

It’s unclear what Christian denomination the supposed ‘Church of Adelaide’ falls under. 

The preacher is interrupted by a police officer, who turned up to investigate the commotion

The preacher is interrupted by a police officer, who turned up to investigate the commotion

The preacher is interrupted by a police officer, who turned up to investigate the commotion

Hillsong hit back at the group’s claims when contacted by Daily Mail Australia on Monday. 

‘This was not filmed last week as Hillsong Church has been meeting online since March,’ a spokesperson said.

‘This group is an extremist group who targets not only Hillsong but other evangelical churches who believe that Jesus loves everyone. We prefer to focus on love not hate.’

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Church of Adelaide and NSW Police for further comment. 

The footage, showing dozens of Hillsong followers gathered in a large group was posted online last week but is believed to have been filmed for the coronavirus pandemic hit

The footage, showing dozens of Hillsong followers gathered in a large group was posted online last week but is believed to have been filmed for the coronavirus pandemic hit

The footage, showing dozens of Hillsong followers gathered in a large group was posted online last week but is believed to have been filmed for the coronavirus pandemic hit

Hillsong claimed the preacher (pictured) was from 'an extremist group who targets not only Hillsong but other evangelical churches'

Hillsong claimed the preacher (pictured) was from 'an extremist group who targets not only Hillsong but other evangelical churches'

Hillsong claimed the preacher (pictured) was from ‘an extremist group who targets not only Hillsong but other evangelical churches’

The Church of Adelaide describes itself as believing the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired words of God.

‘We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each co-eternal in being, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections,’ the church states on its website.

The church also believes Lord Jesus Christ became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Hillsong states similar values on its website with the belief the Bible is God’s Word, an eternal God who is the creator of all things who exists in three persons.

The preacher was accompanied by another man he claimed was a former Hillsong follower for many years

The preacher was accompanied by another man he claimed was a former Hillsong follower for many years

The preacher was accompanied by another man he claimed was a former Hillsong follower for many years

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