Justin Smith of Indiana found himself in a situation similar to that of Duke’s Zion Williamson after his Adidas shoe broke during a game against Wisconsin on Tuesday.
Last week, Williamson suffered a knee sprain after his Nike sneakers tore at the start of Duke’s game against North Carolina. Smith, however, was uninjured on Tuesday.
This week, Smith’s Adidas Harden Vol 3 sneakers got ripped to the side. The split was seen in a photo shared by the Indy Star.
In the photo, the tear went from the top of Smith’s shoe to the middle.
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Justin Smith’s Adidas shoe (left and right, # 3) collapsed during a game against Wisconsin on Tuesday. On the left, Smith wears red shoes, the ones that tear apart. On the right, Smith is wearing white shoes, which he changed to complete the game.
Smith’s Adidas Harden Vol 3 sneakers torn on the side. The split was seen in a photo shared by the Indy Star. In the photo, the tear went from the top of Smith’s shoe to the middle. He ended up changing his shoes to finish the game
The tear forced Smith to change his sneakers shortly after the incident. He was then seen wearing a pair of white sneakers as he finished the match. According to Launderer report, Smith was not injured on the game like Williamson.
Williamson wore Nike’s PG2.5 PE, which is named after Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George and sells for $ 110. George, who has a $ 5.5 million sponsorship deal with Nike, responded to the news last week.
âMy shoe has been a successful shoe, not only in college but in the NBA,â George told reporters. ‘This has never happened to my knowledge before. So it’s hard.
Williamson’s left shoe collapsed as he planted hard near the free throw line.
The blue rubber sole pulled away from the white shoe from heel to toe along the outer edge, Williamson’s foot crossing the wide gap.
The shoe malfunction, which forced Williamson out of the game with a sprained knee, occurred in front of a celebrity crowd, including former President Barack Obama and Spike Lee.
The good news for Williamson is that he may have a backup plan. According to the Action Network Darren rovell, the South Carolina native has an $ 8 million insurance policy, which probably costs around $ 50,000.
The school is allowed to pay for the policy, according to NCAA rules.
Smith was not injured on the play like Duke’s Zion Williamson (on the ground). Williamson was wearing Nike’s PG2.5 PE, when the left shoe collapsed as he planted hard near the free throw line
The blue rubber sole (pictured) pulled away from the white shoe from heel to toe along the outer edge, with Williamson’s foot crossing the wide gap
The shoe malfunction, which forced Williamson out of the game with a sprained knee, occurred in front of a celebrity crowd including former President Barack Obama and Spike Lee
It is not known how much, if any, Williamson will be able to claim or when.
Nike’s disaster is made worse by the fact that the game was a highly anticipated clash between bitter rivals that was only intensified by the presence of Williamson.
The overnight score of 3.2 was the highest ESPN has achieved for a college basketball game in 11 years, according to Sports media watch.
Tickets for the intimate 9,134-seat Cameron Indoor Stadium were priced at least $ 2,500 before Wednesday’s game.
One fan paid up to $ 10,000 on a ticket renewal website.
Meanwhile, Duke’s students camped for 39 days in the open quad bike known as “Krzyzewskiville” for tickets to see Williamson play for 33 seconds against rival Tar Heels.
Williamson, the ACC’s second-leading scorer with 22.4 points per game and arguably the most exciting player in college basketball, left with a slight limp but on his own before returning to the locker room with no shoes on. .
The North Carolina No.8 took advantage of Williamson’s absence to beat the Blue Devils 88-72.
Williamson had the backing of LeBron James and Barack Obama, the latter of whom was in Durham, where tickets cost up to $ 10,000 on Wednesday.
Nike stock prices fell more than a percentage point on Thursday after freshman Duke Williamson tore his sneaker and injured his knee early in the game against North Carolina. 1% drop for Nike equates to roughly $ 1.1 billion loss on paper
Williamson sprained his right knee after awkwardly slipping and falling as his coach collapsed
“Zion Williamson appears to be an exceptional young man as well as an exceptional basketball player,” Obama wrote on Twitter. I wish him a speedy recovery.
Without mentioning Nike by name, James – who has supported the brand for years – also tweeted to Williamson: âI hope the young man is doing well! Literally blown through her [sneaker emoji]. ‘
Nike stock prices fell more than a percentage point after Duke’s first student tore his sneaker.
A 1% drop for Nike equates to a loss of about $ 1.1 billion on paper.
Generation Investment Management, a hedge fund co-founded by former vice president Al Gore, sold all of its Nike shares on Thursday, according to MarketWatch.com.
Nike says it is investigating why Williamson’s shoe opened, but the sportswear giant says it was an “isolated event.”
Williamson had the backing of LeBron James and Barack Obama, the latter of whom was present in Durham, where tickets sold for up to $ 10,000.
Without citing Nike by name, James – who supports the brand – tweeted to Williamson
The Beaverton, Oregon-based company expresses concern and says the quality and performance of its products are “of the utmost importance.”
After the shoe incident, Puma’s basketball Twitter account opportunistically responded, “That wouldn’t have happened to pumas.”
This tweet has since been deleted.
A little over a year ago, Nike had a similar issue with its NBA jerseys, which repeatedly tear during games at the start of the 2017-18 season.
The good news for Nike is that over the past year, the share price has risen by around 25% despite outcry over the company’s decision to make controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick the face of. his latest âJust Do Itâ campaign.