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Zion Williamson Nike shoe incident sparks outrage in the US
NBA stars and American commentators have exploded after an injury to teenage superstar Zion Williamson shone a light on the "sickening" mess of college basketball.
The projected 2019 No. One draft pick went down with a knee injury less than a minute into Duke's hugely publicized game against the University of North Carolina (UNC) yesterday after his Nike shoe exploded. He hobbled off and missed the rest of the game, robbing them in the stands and everyone viewing the nationally televised match on TV. The chance to watch the hottest prospect in basketball.
Some fans paid upwards of US $ 3000 for tickets to the match that attracted celebrities like Barack Obama and Spike Lee. At just 1
8, Williamson is good enough to draw that child of crowd.
But the accusation everyone was making money from Williamson's athletic prowess and rising fame except the man himself has led to calls for changes to be made to the college system.
The College does not pay a salary – although many are on scholarships – and can't join the NBA until they turn 19 and have spent at least one season removed from high school. If that rule wasn't in place, Williamson would have signed a blockbuster NBA contract and lucrative endorsement deals straight out of school.
Instead, he's forced to play a year in college where an injury could risk his entire future – and the whopping payday that will come with it.
ESPN basketball commentator Fran Fraschilla said last year Williamson will make US $ 1 billion playing the sport "effortlessly" – but Nike's stocks took a bigger hit than that after the teen beast's shoe let him down.
ESPN's Jay Williams puts the drop at roughly US $ 3 trillion.
Nike bounced back but when the markets closed for the day, its value had dropped by US $ 1 billion.
Fans on Thursday roasted Nike after its product malfunctioned in the worst way possible. situation has #Nike premarket stock down 1.37% this morning. @Nike is a $ 130 billion market cap which means that's almost 3 trillion dollars. @boardroom @espn
– Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) February 21, 2019
Utah Jazz Young Gun Donovan Mitchell hit out at the ugly truth about college sports and Golden State Warriors star DeMarcus Cousins also said that they are paid if it is clear that money is made through the turnstiles to watch them
"College basketball and the NCAA is bulls ***," Cousins said. "My advice to (Williamson) is to him and his family.
" College does nothing for you at this point. You've been you're no. 1 pick at this point. You've proven your talent … there's so many risks involved to get to the ultimate goal. "Again let's remember all the money that went into this game …. and these players get none of it … . and now Zion gets hurt … something has to change @NCAA
– Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) February 21, 2019
The American media also fired up as Williamson went down. for the Washington Post, Sally Jenkins took aim at "committing the NCAA who make fortunes from their cut of TV and Nike apparel contracts, who skim the sweat straight off Williamson's back". an unpaid billboard, "Jenkins wrote.
" Exposure and mortification are the reason for cheapening a freshman year at Duke into nothing but predatory landing. This is what happens when everyone gets paid but the guy who is really earning the money.
"It's all very straightforward and simple. Pay him. But the men with no fingerprints won't permit it, those athletic directors and presidents who have subverted college athletics into a rake-off while pretending to govern them. "Zion Williamson couldn't give the fans what they wanted. / AP ” src=”data:image/png;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPAAAOrq6v///yH5BAAAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw==” data-srcset=”//www.nzherald.co.nz/resizer/_L12PC5riaVXaNXULvpE1VQ4QXs=/320×233/smart/filters:quality(70)/arc-anglerfish-syd-prod-nzme.s3.amazonaws.com/public/C57XPFSAABCONDIIRKXLSB6K2Q.jpg 320w,//www.nzherald.co.nz/resizer/RNpmYI96eMmR4NEk91w82bmQyBs=/375×273/smart/filters:quality(70)/arc-anglerfish-syd-prod-nzme.s3.amazonaws.com/public/C57XPFSAABCONDIIRKXLSB6K2Q.jpg 375w,//www.nzherald.co.nz/resizer/Ol9GnjpavSXt97PyWzXhONSbJEw=/620×451/smart/filters:quality(70)/arc-anglerfish-syd-prod-nzme.s3.amazonaws.com/public/C57XPFSAABCONDIIRKXLSB6K2Q.jpg 620w”/> Zion Williamson NCAA's hypocrisy "sickening"
"When Barack Obama, Spike Lee, Todd Gurley , Floyd Mayweather, and Ken Griffey Jr. "Carron J. Phillips wrote.
" Everybody got paid … except for a sporting event, you know it's a big deal, "wrote Carron J. Phillips.
Another analysis, this time by Sean Gregory of TIME, was beating the same drum.
"What did Williamson get out of it (the highly publicized game)? Nike shoe and potential for career jeopardy, "he wrote. .
"The Duke star was NBA-ready right out of high school. Williamson should have the option to get drafted, and lock up a multimillion-dollar NBA contract – not to mention lucrative shoe and other sponsorship deals – last June. "
Nike said in a statement it was "concerned" and wished Williamson a speedy recovery. It was "working to identify the issue" that was the most popular of the game.
NCU took advantage of Williamson's absence to beat the Blue Devils 88-72.