Zion Williamson after stepping through his shoe.

Much of the sports world was focused on the college basketball clash between the No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels and No. 1 Duke Blue Devils Wednesday night, and in particular, on Duke star and presumed first-overall NBA draft pick Zion Williamson. But those viewers saw something unexpected early on; Williamson leaving the game after suffering an injury, which happened after he stepped right through his shoe and crashed to the floor. Here’s the play in real time:

Here’s a look at the replay:

And former U.S. president Barack Obama, sitting courtside, was caught on camera reacting to this:

Later, Duke’s men’s basketball Twitter account announced that Williamson would not return, and that the issue was with his knee:

We’ll see just how severe this winds up being, but a serious injury here could have massive implications for Williamson, for Duke’s season, and maybe even for the NBA draft. Hopefully he winds up being okay.


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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.