Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics suffered a horrific injury on Tuesday night as his team played its first game of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The team said the All-Star forward suffered a fractured left ankle during the incident, which took place in the first quarter of the game.
Video and images from the scene show his left leg twisted into an unnatural angle at the ankle.
Warning: Some of the images below are graphic and may be disturbing.
Gordon Haywardbreaks his leg on freak accident. Prayers up for Gordon Hayward and his family— Celtics Nation (@_celticsnation_) October 18, 2017
*WARNING GRAPHIC* pic.twitter.com/863ekUO2iL
Gordon Hayward is a nice person.— Lester, The Writer (@TheLesterLee) October 18, 2017
He deserves to have two legs.
This stinks. pic.twitter.com/oN0E3Flh3x
Players twisted uncomfortably and looked away after seeing the injury:
These reactions to Gordon Hayward's injury tell you everything you need to know. pic.twitter.com/F3YzpUy03B— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) October 18, 2017
Fans in the crowd also reacted to the injury:
Players quickly expressed their sympathy for Hayward, who had just signed a 4-year, $128 million contract with the Celtics over the summer.
Lebron James of the Cavs reportedly visited Hayward in the locker room as he received medical attention.
On Twitter, Paul George, who suffered a similarly gruesome injury in 2014, sent a message of support:
God bless you bro @gordonhayward ! help him thru this god!— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) October 18, 2017
Other players, past and present, also sent their thoughts:
Omg— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) October 18, 2017
Hate to see this happen to anyone! Prayers to Gordon Hayward— Mike Conley (@mconley11) October 18, 2017
"Damnit man, I said turn it on TNT!!!" - Gordon Hayward in the back of an ambulance, probably pic.twitter.com/bHBNb1mPfd— #Mickstape (@MickstapeShow) October 18, 2017
Prayers out @gordonhayward tough to see you go down! You’ll be back better than ever!— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) October 18, 2017
Hayward— Frank Ntilikina (@FrankLikina) October 18, 2017
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.