ESPN’s Dan Le Batard apologized for a tasteless poll question regarding Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, who tore the ACL in his left knee two days after standing for the national anthem while his teammates kneeled.
The Le Batard radio show Twitter account posted this question: “#poll Is it funny the guy who refused to kneel immediately blew out his knee?”
Even if you disagree with Isaac’s decision and his reasoning, it’s crass to relish in a player’s season-ending injury. Le Batard recognized the error in judgment.
“We apologize for this poll question,” he tweeted. “I said on the front and back end of the on-air conversation that I didn’t think it was funny. Regardless of the context, we missed the mark. We took the tweet down when we realized our mistake in how we posed the question to the audience. -Dan”
We apologize for this poll question. I said on the front and back end of the on-air conversation that I didnt think it was funny. Regardless of the context, we missed the mark. We took the tweet down when we realized our mistake in how we posed the question to the audience. -Dan pic.twitter.com/iL5HtFm6gs
Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) August 3, 2020
On Friday, Isaac explained his decision to stand for the national anthem and not wear a Black Lives Matter shirt, citing his Christian faith.
Isaac, who averaged 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.6 steals this season, sustained the injury with 9:19 remaining on the fourth quarter of Orlando’s game against Sacramento on Sunday. He missed 31 games this season because of a left knee injury and rehabbed hard so he could play in the restart. This injury likely will impact his status for the 2020-21 season.
The Magic are still likely to make the playoffs as either the seventh or eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Bottom line: Taking delight in anyone’s injury is in poor taste.
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