Kevin Ware And The Sports Community Reacts To Paul George’s Broken Leg
Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury late in the U.S. national team’s intrasquad scrimmage Friday night.
George leaped to contest a fast-break layup by James Harden with 9:33 left in the fourth quarter and his leg smashed against the bottom of the backboard stanchion and crumpled.
Trainers immediately ran onto the floor and after roughly 10 minutes of stoppage, George was taken out of the arena on a stretcher. With players looking visibly upset, coach Mike Krzyzewski then announced to the crowd that the scrimmage would not be finished out of respect to George and his family.
“This is a first for us in USA Basketball, to have something like this take place,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said. “It’s a tough situation for our entire organization, the coaches, the players. Very, very emotional. There’s no way the game could have gone on under the circumstances.”
College baller Kevin Ware, who suffered a similar injury during the 2013 NCAA tournament, posted this reaction.
News of Paul’s excruciating injury spread quickly and prompted further reactions from sports journalists, remorseful peers, fans, and Twitter trolls alike.
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Sadly, some folks took the opportunity to use Paul’s injury and the visceral response to chide those who haven’t properly recognized other “more important” tragedies going on in the world.
Fawk this guy in his azz with a broomstick. What type of ain’t isht person compares tragedies and chides people for sharing their reactions to one versus the other? SMH
Shaquille O’Neal brought up some interesting points on how Paul’s injury will affect the game going forward.