A blockbuster college basketball game was on tap last night, between Duke and UNC. But the ultimate headline from the game wasn’t the score, but rather what happened to Duke’s star player, freshman Zion Williamson. Only 33 seconds into the game his Nike PG 2.5 ripped open and appeared to cause a knee injury, of which the severity is currently unknown. Zion has been projected to be the number one draft pick in the 2019 NBA draft, making the injury a pretty big deal.
The game featured a star studded audience, which included former President Barrack Obama. Tickets for the game were selling in the secondary market for around $3000. People were there for the game, the rivalry, but most of all for Zion – who some say might be the best upcoming basketball player since Lebron. In the end, it was Nike who earned the spotlight, but obviously not for a reason they hoped.
Nike is Duke’s exclusive supplier for uniforms, gear, and sneakers. The company quickly released a statement regarding the incident: ” The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue. ” Nike’s stock was down 1% in early morning trading following the news.