Former United States president Barack Obama is in attendance for this evening’s Duke-North Carolina game at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham.
Unfortunately, the former U.S. president got an up-close look at one of the most-devastating injuries of the college basketball season.
Zion Williamson, the likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, suffered a knee injury in the game’s opening seconds. He will not return to the game.
UPDATE: Zion Williamson will not return. Knee.
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) February 21, 2019
Williamson suffered the knee injury when he slipped on the floor seconds into the game. The slip appeared to be caused by his sneaker blowing out.
Zion's shoe: destroyed 😳 pic.twitter.com/LqQ2te0Jay
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2019
President Obama appeared to recognize the cause of the injury as soon as anyone else.
“His shoe broke,” Obama says right away.
“His shoe broke.” pic.twitter.com/FAtpaF5uAt
— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) February 21, 2019
His shoe did break.
Williamson’s injury is of course bad news for Duke, but it’s bad news for Nike, too. Or, at the very least, a bad look.
“That the shoe blew out on National TV. That the shoe blew out for Duke-UNC. That the shoe blew out on Zion Williamson. Awful look for Nike,” he tweeted.
That the shoe blew out on National TV. That the shoe blew out for Duke-UNC. That the shoe blew out on Zion Williamson. Awful look for Nike.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 21, 2019
Duke, meanwhile, struggled in the first half with no Zion. The Blue Devils are trailing the Tar Heels, 42-32, after 20 minutes of play.
The second half should begin shortly on ESPN.