Duke's Zion Williamson Suffers Knee Injury After Ripping Sneakers

Zion Williamson of the Duke Blue Devils played less than a minute against North Carolina before his sneaker split in half.

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DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 20: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after falling as his shoe breaks against Luke Maye #32 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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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. 

The lowest ticket price ahead of Duke vs. UNC tonight is $2,990 (US), according to @VividSeats...

What's the most you've ever paid for a single sporting event, and what was it? 🗣️👇💵 #TimandSid pic.twitter.com/UP8dqunDLQ

— Tim and Friends (@timandfriends) February 20, 2019

Less than a minute into the game, Williamson left with a knee injury when he planted his foot awkwardly, causing his Nike PG 2.5 PEs to literally split in half. 

Zion's shoe: destroyed 😳 pic.twitter.com/LqQ2te0Jay

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2019

Different angle of what happened to Zion pic.twitter.com/7sF6Jbt4Cl

— CJ Fogler account may or may not be notable (@cjzero) February 21, 2019

Just like Calvin Cambridge... pic.twitter.com/xIbUJ70qXd

— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) February 21, 2019
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.”

After facing a wave of criticism, Nike released a statement on the incident. 

“His shoe broke”

Obama was shocked pic.twitter.com/tdwKtUJwtF

— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) 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!"  

Hope young fella is ok! Literally blew thru his 👟. 🙏🏾

— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 21, 2019

Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James hoped for the best for Zion.  

Zion Williamson seems like an outstanding young man as well as an outstanding basketball player. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

Obama later took to Twitter to also wish Zion a "speedy recovery."

Again let’s remember all the money that went into this game.... and these players get none of it.... and now Zion gets hurt... something has to change @NCAA

— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) February 21, 2019

Others wanted to use Williamson's injury to point out the unfortunate circumstances that NCAA athletes are forced to deal with.  

This Zion Williamson injury is exactly why players should be able to go directly to the @nba from high school. The league needs to change this rule. PERIOD @GetUpESPN @espn

— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) February 21, 2019

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