Yahoo reports ESPN radio host Dan Le Batard issued an apology on Monday afternoon for running a poll asking fans if they thought that Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac’s knee injury was funny.
Isaac became the first player in the league not to kneel for the national anthem on Friday, and tore his ACL on Sunday night.
‘Is it funny the guy who refused to kneel immediately blew out his knee?’
On “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” on Monday, Le Batard and his co-hosts put a question “on the poll” — something they do constantly, meaning they run a poll on Twitter.
“Is it funny the guy who refused to kneel immediately blew out his knee?” they asked.
The question came just hours after Isaac tore his left ACL in their game against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. Isaac, early in the fourth quarter, fell to the ground while trying to drive through the lane and had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair.
Isaac had just returned from what was thought to be a season-ending knee injury he suffered in January, too.
Just two days before tearing his ACL, Isaac chose to stand during the national anthem — making him the first player in the league not to kneel in protest since play resumed. He said after that he felt kneeling or wearing a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt didn’t go “hand-in-hand with supporting Black lives.” His decision was criticized, in part, due to his explanation — something many didn’t feel was strong enough or conveyed well enough.
Isaac was averaging 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game this season, his third in the league.
Le Batard did say more than once on the show that he didn’t think Isaac’s season-ending injury was funny.
Had fans not been listening to the show and simply seen the question posted on Twitter, however, there was no way to know where Le Batard stood on the issue. It easily could have been seen as Le Batard laughing at Isaac’s peril.
The question was quickly taken down after the show, and Le Batard issued an apology.
We apologize for this poll question. 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 pic.twitter.com/iL5HtFm6gs
— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) August 3, 2020