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Last night, NCAA rivals North Carolina and Duke went head to head in a match that would give Duke’s top NBA draft prospect Zion Williamson the chance to show his stuff in front of the onlooking Barack Obama at the Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Only things didn’t go entirely as planned for the prodigy. Just 34 seconds into the first quarter, the 18-year-old planted his foot with possession of the ball when his left Nike PG 2.5 sneaker suddenly fell apart at the seams, causing the 6-foot 7-inch, 285-pound forward to slip, fall, and injure himself.
Check out Williamson’s disastrous footwear failure in the clip below.
Zion's shoe: destroyed ? pic.twitter.com/LqQ2te0Jay
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2019
After falling to the floor clutching his knee, Williamson was able to walk off the court, retiring to the locker room not to return. Losing Williamson cost the No. 1-ranked Blue Devils dearly, with the No. 8-ranked Tar Heels taking the game 88-72.
Shortly after Williamson’s accident, a video started circulating showing Obama mouthing the words “His shoe broke.”
I can’t stop watching Obama realize Zion blew his shoe out. pic.twitter.com/q7a4UfW0ab
— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) February 21, 2019
Nike issued a statement, calling the PG 2.5’s blowout an “isolated occurrence.” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski stated postgame that Williamson’s injury is a mild knee sprain.
NIKE STATEMENT: “We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery. The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue.”
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 21, 2019
Figures such as LeBron James and Obama also reached out with words of support.
Zion Williamson seems like an outstanding young man as well as an outstanding basketball player. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 21, 2019
Hope young fella is ok! Literally blew thru his ?. ??
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 21, 2019
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