During Louisville's NCAA Elite Eight game against Duke Sunday night (March 31), Cardinals star Kevin Ware suffered a devastatingly gruesome leg injury with 6 minutes and 33 seconds left in the first half. With Louisville leading 21-17 in the Midwest Regional final, Ware attempted to contest a three-point shot by Blue Devils player Tyler Thornton. After Ware's initial jump, the sophomore b-baller landed awkwardly on his right leg, resulting in what appears to be a painful broken bone. Watch the troubling clip below, where several players, coaches, and fans react in emotional shock and horror to Ware's brutal fall.
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CBS reports that Ware suffered a broken leg (compound fracture) and was taken to an area hospital near Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for treatment. Warning, the below clips of Ware's injury are very graphic:
The game stopped for several minutes as medics tended to Ware's leg and quickly loaded him onto a stretcher. Both Louisville and Duke players, as well as Cardinals coach Rick Pitino, were spotted on the sidelines, tearing up during the injury timeout.
The injury clip soon went viral, prompting many fans to offer their support on Twitter, including several celebrities:
@LilTunechi: "May God be with Kevin Ware and his family. Ya in my prayers bro" (Lil Wayne).
@espn: "Our thoughts go out to Louisville's Kevin Ware. Hate to see that happen to any athlete. Here's to a speedy recovery."
@diggy_simmon: "Mannn... My prayers go out to Kevin Ware and his family!"
@Baron_Davis: "Prayers to Kevin Ware and his family.. So sad.. I'm praying for you bro."
@itsMichaelJ: "Prayers go out to Kevin Ware. No athlete wants that to happen to anybody."
@RGIII: "Prayers up for Kevin Ware, his teammates, & family."
@LanceMoore16: "One of the worst injuries I've ever seen in any sport. Hate to see stuff like that. Thoughts and prayers go out to Kevin Ware."
@SportsCenter: "Players on the Louisville bench are leaving a seat open for Kevin Ware after gruesome injury. Our thoughts are with you, Kevin..."
During a sports interview yesterday, Ware stated:
Thoughts go out to Ware and the Louisville basketball nation for a quick, speedy, and healthy recovery.
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