Could Zions Blowout Lead to Duke Crash?

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By: Alberto Gilman

Even the most athletic players can receive a detrimental injury. The whole sports world watched as Duke’s star player, Zion Williamson, went down on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The Duke Blue Devils were up against their rival, the North Carolina Tar Heels.

The unexpected injury came just 36 seconds into the game when Williamson made a drive and his left sneaker blew out. The blow out was unexpected, doing damage to his right knee. Williamson grabbed at his knee and had to be taken back to the locker room for evaluation. The game continued with a different energy as a result of the absence of Duke’s superstar.

Williamson can be added to the long line of players who injured themselves during a game. The popular shoe company, Nike, however, may receive backlash for this blunder. The shoe apparently ripped at the seams, so now, people may question the overall reliability and quality of the material.

As a matter of fact, it seems as if Nike is already assuming damage control for the incident. According to The Independent, Nike’s stock value declined by 1.7 percent on Thursday. That’s equivalent to a loss of $1.1 billion. Like many other sneaker brands, Nike has deals with many academic institutions across the country. After this incident, who knows what this means for the company?

In the end, the Blue Devils fell 88-72 against the Tar Heels, but the greatest loss came from Williamson’s injury. His teammates have all expressed their concerns, wishing him a speedy recovery.

The sports world is waiting for an update on one of college hoops’ biggest stars. Everyone wants this young superstar to be back on the court as soon as possible.