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Basketball Player Zion Williamson Suffers Injury After Freak Accident On Court

Faulty Sneakers Causes Injury On Court A university basketball player, Zion Williamson, who is hotly tipped to be the next LeBron James has suffered a freak injury after his...

Faulty Sneakers Causes Injury On Court

A university basketball player, Zion Williamson, who is hotly tipped to be the next LeBron James has suffered a freak injury after his Nike trainers exploded 33 seconds into a match.

Celebrities including Hollywood director Spike Lee and former US president Barack Obama turned out to see 18-year-old Williamson play, but he was forced off with a knee injury after his shoe split in half as he planted his foot.

Tickets for the playoff between Williamson’s Duke University and North Carolina were reportedly available for $3,000 that’s largely thanks to the the young athlete’s talent.

He was described by double NBA champion Kevin Durant as a “once-in-a-generation athlete”.

Obama was seen pointing from the sidelines and saying “his shoe broke” during the incident and later tweeted to wish the player a “speedy recovery”, describing him as an “outstanding young man”.

LA Lakers star LeBron James joined the former president in wishing Williamson well after the injury.

Nike has since released a statement saying it is “concerned” and would be investigating what caused the shoes to fall apart.

“The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue,” it said.

The company supplies uniforms, shoes and clothing to the university.

Williamson’s side had been on a nine-match winning streak, but lost 88-72 without their star player.

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