Posted on April 9, 2024

Isaiah Hartenstein Confirms He’s Part Black

Joshua Espinoza, Complex, March 28, 2024

Isaiah Hartenstein is setting the record straight about his racial identity.

The NBA center addressed the topic during a recent appearance on The Roommates Show, a popular podcast series hosted by his New York Knicks teammates Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart.

“Let’s just jump right into it: Are you Black?” Brunson asked Hartenstein at the top of the sit-down.

“I really wanted to cover that,” Hart interjected. “I’m actually happy about this. Explain your Blackness—or level of Blackness.”

It’s a question that Hartenstein has tackled countless times before, as many are surprised to learn that the 7-foot-tall German-raised basketball player is mixed-race. The fair-skinned athlete confirmed his mom, Theresa, is a white American from Oregon, while his German-born dad, Florian Hartenstein, is half Black and half white.

“You know it’s, like, light skin? I’m bright skin. I’m above light-skinned,” he said with a laugh. “My dad is Black.”

Hart admitted he was shocked to learn that Hartenstein was mixed-race and described the revelation as “crazy.” Hartenstein said the reaction was understandable, as his complexion leads many to believe he’s full white. {snip}