Just awful. Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware landed awkwardly during a game against Duke University on Mar. 31, and broke his leg in what appeared to be multiple places. Keep reading for more details.
This is when sports can just rip your heart out. Kevin Ware, a sophomore on the Louisville basketball team, landed awkwardly after contesting a shot and horrifically broke his right leg, his bone popping out of the skin.
Kevin Ware Suffers Terrible Leg Injury
Kevin needed to be stretchered off the court, causing a huge stoppage in the game and destroying Kevin’s Louisville teammates emotionally. The injury was so obviously brutal that one teammate dropped to his knees in horror upon seeing it and several others could hardly compose themselves, using their jerseys to shield their faces. Coach Rick Pitino, gathering his squad together, did all he could to fight back tears.
Louisville’s opponent Duke also struggled to regain their composure after Kevin’s leg collapsed into pieces, covering their eyes and wincing sympathetically.
As he was being taken off the court, Kevin bravely told his team, “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be okay, you guys go win this thing.”
It’s such an awful — and honestly, rare — thing to happen at any time in a basketball game, but it must hurt that much more because Kevin and his team were competing in the Elite Eight, just three wins away from winning the national championship. Needless to say Kevin’s season is over, and we pray that doctors will be able to nurse him back to the point where he can play basketball again.
Basketball announcer Dick Vitale was stunned and voiced his support for the Kevin: “Heartbreaking – Kevin Ware has been so important to Cards – very popular with coaches / teammates – wish him the best.”
Update On Kevin Ware’s Horrific Injury
Coach Rick Pitino confirmed after the game that Kevin broke his leg in two places, and will be out for at least a year. He was rushed to the hospital, where he immediately underwent surgery to repair his damaged leg.
After Kevin was stretchered off the court with about six minutes to go in the first half, Louisville went on to dominate the rest of the game and won in a blowout, 85-63. A picture was posted on his Facebook fanpage on Apr. 1 showing Kevin post-surgery, clutching his team’s Final Four trophy with the caption, “surgery went well, kevin holds the trophy.” His team is amazingly supportive and obviously thankful that his strength propelled them to victory.
You can watch footage of Kevin’s injury below, but be forewarned, the clip is extremely graphic and upsetting.
Our thoughts are with Kevin, his family, and the Louisville basketball team.
WATCH: Kevin Ware Breaks Leg In Louisville Vs. Duke Game
— Andrew Gruttadaro