Give thoughts or prayers for Louisville player Kevin Ware

Submitted by Gobgoblue on March 31st, 2013 at 5:52 PM

The most gruesome injury I have ever seen, hands down.  If you didn't see it live or on a reply, I honestly do not recommend it.  Get well soon, big guy.  

EDIT: Players on the the court fell down and some were in tears.  Happened in front of the UL bench and reports are that some UL players literally couldn't hold their stomach.  Pitino wiped away tears.

Kid still managed to give his team a short pep talk before they took him away on the stretcher.  



March 31st, 2013 at 5:59 PM ^

Makes you think about how on any given moment, any player in any sport can be crippled or almost crippled for life. Forget about basketball for now, lets hope he can walk again.


March 31st, 2013 at 6:01 PM ^

I played football for 8 years. I broke a foot, broke multiple fingers, got 3 concussions, tore a tendon in my foot and got various other injuries and firsthand witnessed even more. Despite all that, I still literally threw up and almost passed out after they showed the first replay. I hope nothing but the best for that young man (and his teammates and opponents that were there)and wish that everything possible is done to ensure he has a speedy recovery.


March 31st, 2013 at 6:02 PM ^

I'm confused as to why his leg actually broke - it didn't look like that awkward of a landing to me.  Like maybe a roll-your-ankle kind of landing -- did I miss something about it where it was more awkward to cause such a drastic injury?  Or did he just straight up have terrible luck despite not that awkward of a landing?

Mitch Cumstein

March 31st, 2013 at 6:03 PM ^

I don't understand how that happened?  Its not like a football play where he got hit or had another player's weight on him.  It was really just that he landed funny.  I'm shocked that only his own weight could do that much damage. 


March 31st, 2013 at 6:12 PM ^

When they started the replay, I didn't watch, not because my stomach can't take that kind of thing, but because really have a problem with the choice to show it.

I personally think it's an affront to the kid's dignity to show the replay.  We're such a nation of voyeurs that think there's some entitlement to see everything that exists on film, but f that, there's no "right to know" or particular newsworthiness to real-life horror.  This isn't  covering war or a terrorist attack where the carnage is genuinely a part of understanding the scope of the story.

Sure, it impacts the game, but it's the fact he's not going to play that is the newsworthy part, not the nature of the injury.  Certain things are simply over the line.  A bad rolled ankle?  OK, we've probably all been there, makes you cringe but it's not such a huge deal.  Theismann, Lattimore, even Fitz, frankly, were too much.  

Sensationalizing gruesome injuries just pisses me off.  I know (KNOW) no one on this board is going to post a pic or link to a vid.

Arrrgh, media.  Arrrgh, nation of voyeurs.  Best wishes, young man, I hope your surgery and recovery go as well as possible.


March 31st, 2013 at 6:15 PM ^

I have no problem with them showing the replay again.  They were not glorifying a dirty hit.  They were not showing anything that this kid should find embarrasing.  If you find it gross to watch, look away.  I am glad they showed it again, because my wife and I missed it the first time and I wanted to see what happened.  Once was enough for me and I will not watch it again, but I have that choice.  Don't force your watching values on everyone.  :)


March 31st, 2013 at 6:11 PM ^

He will live.  He will have the opportunity to rehab and play again and if that does not work he will have a full scholarship to get an education and make something of himself.  As bad as this was, the future is still bright for this young kid.  It was a grotesque injury to watch, but their are far worse injuries that one can sustain in sports, particularly head injuries.  Lets hope for the best for him.

Ball Hawk

March 31st, 2013 at 6:12 PM ^

I seen this kind of break happen this year to an 8th grader on our wrestling team during a match. I could hear the break from the stands. His leg was dangling by skin. The bone didnt break the skin though. Very very horrible and sad. Im praying for this kid.


March 31st, 2013 at 6:19 PM ^

I got home right when he was leaving on the stretcher. Made the mistake of watching it on YouTube. Feel so bad for the kid. Such a horrific injury. So many prayers...


March 31st, 2013 at 6:27 PM ^

I had the misfortune of watching a man send both shin bones through his boots in a fast-roping accident.   That was worse than this, because I was the guy on the rope after him, I helped the corpsman treat the wounds.  That's not exactly sports, but yeah, this is what our fighting men and women get to see.   Sorry for the reality check, but it is what it is.  That doesn't diminish what this young man will face going forward.  I wish him and his family the best.  But remember our vets see this stuff pretty frequently.


March 31st, 2013 at 6:29 PM ^

The reactions of the players from both teams and the coaches was truly heartbreaking.

Had this same injury happen right in front of me playing basketball in high school. An opponent jumped for a rebound and when he landed his leg snapped in half, bone protruding. I immediately looked at their bench and waved for someone to come over. Back in our huddle a couple teammates were fighting off the urge to vomit. Something I'll never forget.

931 S State

March 31st, 2013 at 6:31 PM ^

He'll be fine.  Busy Level 1 trauma centers see this injury a few times a month.  Infection is probably the biggest risk because it was an open fracture.  The Lattimore injury requires far more complex procedure with a less predictable outcome.

Those who stay...

March 31st, 2013 at 6:33 PM ^

Is this much different from the injury Fitz suffered?  Obviously the skin broke in this instance, but is there anything else?  Both injuries looked absolutely gruesome.  Best of luck to him in his recovery.


March 31st, 2013 at 6:57 PM ^

Injuries very similar.  Fitz had an open fracture as well.

Risk of infection is very low.  This happened in a clean environment.  Usually these are from car/motorcycle wrecks or farm accidents still with quick antibiotic administration have a low infection rate.  


March 31st, 2013 at 6:40 PM ^

The thing that's crazy about this injury is that it wasn't an awkward landing or anything. He literally just contested the shot and came down. Didn't land on anybody's foot, didn't roll his ankle, it just snapped. Prayers and thoughts to him.


March 31st, 2013 at 6:41 PM ^

I came home from Easter dinner with the fam, turned the game on, and based on the reaction, I was convinced he died on the court. I realize it sucks, and yes, it was a bad injury, but let's save our "prayers" for people who really need them.


March 31st, 2013 at 6:54 PM ^

Well one silver lining for the Louisville faithful, they are almost a lock for a title at this point. They're going to rally around Ware and just boat-race the hell out of their next couple opponents. I can see it now, it's probably inevitable


March 31st, 2013 at 7:03 PM ^

I can't watch that because I shattered my tib/fib similar to Fitz.  My question is, was the injury any worse than Fitz'?  Beacsue if not the guy can still plan on a recovery and be playing again in less than a year.  Even though it looked bad because nothing was covering it and the injury was clear for all to see (I know that can be a mental hurdle for an athlete) it shouldn't be career ending...that is my hope at least.

LS And Play

March 31st, 2013 at 7:07 PM ^

I know I will sound like a terrible person, but on the broadcast they pretty much acted like the kid died. It was broken leg. A particularly gruesome one, yes, but still just a broken leg. No different from Touissant's. I feel terrible for him, obviously. But I thought the broadcast was a little over the top. 


March 31st, 2013 at 7:23 PM ^

all bitches. Yes it was bad. All this 'can't be unseen' and 'i literally through up' crap is way overboard. Has everyone let their wife post on their MGo account today?

MMB 82

March 31st, 2013 at 9:00 PM ^

on a news replay and just immediately closed my eyes. Thanks to everyone for not posting graphic pictures here! But yes, similar to Fitz's injury and he'll be up and about in no time, with good prognosis for recovery.


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