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.
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.”
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.
Figures such as LeBron James and Obama also reached out with words of support.
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