Jonathan Isaac

Why Twitter reaction to Jonathan Isaac's injury disgusts Kayte Hunter

Why Twitter reaction to Jonathan Isaac's injury disgusts Kayte Hunter

Injuries are part of every professional sport, but on occasion, internet trolls go on the attack when a player hits the floor.

During the Orlando Magic's drubbing of the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, 22-year-old forward Jonathan Isaac cut to the basket. When he went to jump stop, his left knee gave way and Isaac had to be taken from the court in a wheel chair.

While the Magic have yet to release the results from his MRI, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday night, citing a source, that Isaac suffered a torn left ACL.

Isaac is one of the few players in the NBA bubble that has made the decision to not take a knee during the national anthem or wear a Black Lives Matter shirt. He explained his decision on Saturday.

"I believe that Black Lives Matter," Isaac told media members. "A lot went into my decision, and part of it is, I thought that kneeling or wearing the Black Lives Matter t-shirt doesn't go hand-in-hand with supporting Black lives. So I felt like, just me personally, what is that I believe is taking on a stance that, I do believe that Black lives matter, but I just felt like it was a decision that I had to make, and I didn't feel like putting that shirt on and kneeling went hand in hand with supporting Black lives. I believe that for myself, my life has been supported by gospel, Jesus Christ, and everyone is made in the image of God and that we all forge through God's glory. "

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When Issac went down with the knee injury against the Kings, the comments on social media by fans were horrible.

Following the game, NBC Sports California analyst and former WNBA player Kayte Hunter had some words for those who celebrated Isaac's misfortune.

"I got a lot of tweets from people saying this was karma," Hunter said from Golden 1 Center. "That is just a really nasty way. That is not what sports is about. I implore you all to have some decency. That is disgusting to me and I hope to God that Jonathan Isaac can recover quickly and this isn't as serious as it looked." 

Isaac, who had missed the previous 31 games for the Magic with a sprained left knee, was already wearing a heavy brace on the leg. The talented 6-foot-11 small forward was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, just one pick after the Kings' De'Aaron Fox.

Harry Giles, the No. 20 pick in that same draft, went through two major knee injuries as a prep athlete and could be seen talking to Isaac while he was being attended to.

"I've been there, I was just telling him to stay up, stay positive," Giles said. "I just hate to see it. It's hard to get my thoughts together. I don't really like speaking about it much. It's just unfortunate, he's been working."

Giles added that it "hurts his spirit talking about it sometimes." He knows first-hand what the road ahead is for Isaac and it isn't easy physically or mentally.

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"I know all about it, my prayers are with him," Giles added.

Bullying on social media is a huge issue globally and it only seems to be getting worse, even for professional athletes. Thoughts and prayers go out to Isaac as he embarks a what will be a long rehabilitation process.

Warriors' Marquese Chriss respects Jonathan Isaac standing for anthem

Warriors' Marquese Chriss respects Jonathan Isaac standing for anthem

While every other player in Friday's game between the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets chose to kneel during the pregame national anthem, Magic forward Jonathan Isaac stood alone, also not choosing to don the Black Lives Matter t-shirt the rest of the players wore.

Following the game, Isaac clarified why he chose to stand while all of his teammates and coaches knelt.

"Kneeling or wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt don't go hand in hand with supporting Black lives," Isaac said.

Warriors center Marquese Chriss showed his support for Isaac in an Instagram comment, calling Isaac's justification "well spoken."

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After another commenter questioned Chriss, the 23-year-old doubled down.

"Wats understood don't needa be explained," Chriss wrote.

Isaac, who became an ordained minister earlier this year, cited his faith as the primary factor behind his decision.

"So I felt like, just me personally, what is that I believe is taking on a stance that," Isaac said (h/t ESPN). "I do believe that Black lives matter, but I just felt like it was a decision that I had to make, and I didn't feel like putting that shirt on and kneeling went hand in hand with supporting Black lives. I believe that for myself, my life has been supported by gospel, Jesus Christ, and everyone is made in the image of God and that we all forge through God's glory."

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Isaac's reasoning stood in contrast to Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod -- who also is Christian -- who was the only player among all the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers who chose to stand during the national anthem at Dodger Stadium on Opening Night of the 2020 MLB season.

"I'm a Christian, like I said, and I just can't get on board with a couple of things that I have read about Black Lives Matter," Coonrod said after the game. "How they lean toward Marxism and they've said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can't get on board with that."

Isaac wasn't the only person from Friday night's slate of NBA games to stand for the anthem, as San Antonio Spurs coaches Gregg Popovich and Becky Hammon also elected not to kneel with their players before San Antonio took on the Kings.