Nike ‘working to identify issue’ that caused Zion Williamson’s shoe to blow out
Nike released a statement on Thursday saying that they are “working to identify the issue” that caused the left shoe of Duke star Zion Williamson to burst open, leading to the 285 pound freshman to slip and injure his right knee.
“We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery,” Nike said in a statement obtained by ESPN. “The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue.”
The injury was termed a “mild knee sprain” by Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski after the game.
“The knee is stable,” he added. “We don’t know how long he’ll be out.”
Nike stock dropped 1% the morning after the incident.
No. 1 Duke lost 88-72 to No. 8 North Carolina at home on Wednesday evening after the injury, which occurred just 30 seconds into the game.