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The Liberty may be without their No. 1 overall pick for quite some time.

Sabrina Ionescu had to be helped off the floor after rolling her left ankle in the second quarter of Friday night’s game against the Dream. Ionescu stepped on the foot of Atlanta’s Betnijah Laney near halfcourt and immediately went down in pain.

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New York announced on Twitter that Ionescu left the game with an ankle sprain but didn’t offer any other details on her status. She had scored 10 points in 12 minutes prior to the injury.

After struggling in her WNBA debut, Ionescu, the top selection in the 2020 WNBA Draft, filled up the stat sheet with 33 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in Wednesday’s loss to the Wings. She is expected to help turn around a Liberty franchise that finished 10-24 last year and 7-27 in 2018.

Ionescu received wishes for a speedy recovery from none other than LeBron James.

Ionescu’s injury only adds to the Liberty’s health problems. New York was already missing All-Star guard Kia Nurse, who was injured in the Liberty’s season opener against the Storm.

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6 things Jerry Falwell Jr. got away with before his unzipped pants took him down

But has not always been a "good boy" before.

Falwell Jr. inherited his position in 2007 as part of a succession plan created by his father and the university's founder, Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr.

Since that time he has repeatedly embarrassed the university:

April 2009: Falwell Jr. unilaterally offered a full scholarship to a beauty pageant contestant who spoke out against LGBTQ rights. After then-Miss California USA Carrie Prejean spoke out against same-sex marriage during the Miss USA Pageant, Falwell Jr. hosted her at the university's convocation. He then offered to provide a free ride to the then-San Diego Christian College junior if she transferred to Liberty, saying at the convocation, "I get so tired of Christians getting berated over their beliefs," and calling Prejean a "hero for what she did."

Weeks later, Prejean was stripped of her title by Donald Trump and his Miss USA organization for failure to fulfill contractual obligations.

August 2013: Falwell Jr. announced that if the federal government attempted to require recipients of its aid to comply with LGBTQ nondiscrimination rules, he would simply forgo the money.

"We have so far had no interference in our curriculum from the federal government," he told World Magazine. "We're now in a financial position that would allow us to simply exit the program. ... If it became necessary, that's what we would do."

December 2015: Falwell Jr. told students at a mandatory convocation after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, that they should become concealed weapon permit holders — so they can shoot Muslim people if necessary. "I've always thought, if more good people had concealed carry permits then we could end those Muslims before they walked in killing," he said. "Let's teach them a lesson if they ever show up here."

Days later he told a local television station, "If these terrorists had slapped me on the cheek, I would have turned the other cheek, but that's not what they did. Jesus in Luke 22:36 said to his disciples if you have to sell your coat to buy a sword, do it, because he knew trouble was coming."

September 2019: Falwell Jr. was accused in media reports of corruption and lying about his private life. A Politico Magazine report depicted Liberty as a "dictatorship" where tuition dollars went to real estate projects that benefited Falwell Jr.'s family and friends.

It also noted that Falwell Jr. falsely denied the existence of photos of him at a Miami nightclub — Liberty University punishes students caught dancing with members of the opposite gender — and that he had asked Donald Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen to help him deal with other "personal" photos.

Three days later, Reuters published Falwell Jr. emails smearing his own students and employees as "emotionally imbalanced and physically retarded," among other things.

March 2020: As Virginia and much of the nation shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Falwell Jr. made national news for his decision to partially reopen Liberty University — against the wishes of state and local government officials.

"We think it's irresponsible for so many universities to just say 'closed, you can’t come back,' push the problem off on other communities and sit there in their ivory towers," he told a right-wing radio program.

Within days of the reopening, the first Liberty student tested positive for the coronavirus. After news outlets published stories critical of his decision to reopen, Falwell Jr. had his campus police issue "arrest warrants" against the reporters.

June 2020: Falwell Jr. upset Black alumni, students, and faculty with a racist tweet. Dozens of Black alumni spoke out, multiple Black staff members resigned, and numerous Black student-athletes announced plans to transfer amid concerns about the racial climate on campus.

Some of this was fueled by a May 27 Falwell Jr. tweet of a face mask, depicting Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's racially offensive medical school yearbook page. After he apologized for the tweet, the university's trustees stood by Falwell Jr., announcing, "We also know him and know him not to be a racist. Nor do we believe that he has been running Liberty University in a way that discriminates against African Americans."

Liberty University did not immediately respond to an inquiry for this story.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

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