Wednesday's ACC showdown between Duke and North Carolina was fetching nearly $3,000 for the cheapest ticket in Cameron Indoor Stadium just to see Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson compete against his school's biggest rival.
After facing a wave of criticism, Nike released a statement on the incident.
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
One of the many famous celebrities in attendance, President Barack Obama, made the astute observation, pointing at the aftermath, and declaring, "His shoe broke!"
Obama later took to Twitter to also wish Zion a "speedy recovery."
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
Others wanted to use Williamson's injury to point out the unfortunate circumstances that NCAA athletes are forced to deal with.