For its part, Nike immediately apologized for the incident and said it would investigate it. He represents athletes in brain injury and other sports-related litigation. Kanell and Bell refocus on Williamson and his future in college basketball, before getting into just what in the world happened that caused Williamson's shoe to give out. "This product was specifically created to provide support for athletes such as him and clearly failed".
Thankfully Williamson's injury does not appear to be serious. Williamson was wearing a Nike shoe when his knee injury occurred on a non-contact play.
Like the look? The Rag & Bone Manston bomber jacket - the label had Obama's embroidered especially for him - is still available in size Large, Small and XS on the brand's website. Nike also released a statement saying the company was "working to identify the issue". That's unlikely, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Chen Grazutis.
"I take pride in (my shoe line)", George said.
Legally, though, there still could be fallout.
When asked if he had ever seen that happen, Krzyzewski said he had seen plenty of basketball shoes fall apart, though not as dramatically as what he had seen on Wednesday night.
Patrick Rishe, the sports business director at Washington University in St. Louis, called Williamson's sneaker break a freak accident. The situation isn't "any different than a laborer climbing a ladder that suddenly collapsed under his weight", Edelstein said. He immediately clutched his right knee, walked on his own to the bench and a few minutes later headed to the locker room, leaving the pair of shoes under his chair.
And yet he's versatile enough to record the school's first triple-double since 2006, finishing with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists last week against North Carolina State after coming close to one twice before. It's possible that a different shoe better designed for Williamson's size would have been able to withstand his powerful playing style. He could leave college today and sign endorsement deals worth more than a winning Powerball ticket. Most mock drafts have both being selected early in the National Basketball Association draft - should they turn pro after the season.
George also reached out to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on Thursday to check on Williamson and wish him a speedy recovery.
Obama - who watched the game from a baseline seat near the Duke bench - said on Twitter that Williamson "seems like an outstanding young man as well as an outstanding basketball player".
The timing could not have been worse for Nike. It is widely available, retailing for $110, and now on sale on Nike's website for $92.97. The tweet was later deleted.
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