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Louisville’s Kevin Ware suffers a gruesome compound fracture vs. Duke

Mar 31, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

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Louisville guard Kevin Ware was taken off the court on a stretcher in the first half of Louisville’s Regional Final against Duke on Sunday afternoon after suffering the worst injury I’ve ever seen in a sporting event. (The Cardinals eventually won the game for a Final Four spot.)

After challenging a three that Tyler Thornton took from the wing, he landed wrong on his right leg and suffered a compound fracture. His shin bone was protruding from his skin.

I’m not going to embed or link any pictures or video of the injury itself. If you really want to see it, it won’t be difficult.

MORE: Twitter reaction tells the story best

But we’ll turn to the AP for some on-scene color:

The injury happened in front of the Louisville bench, and the Cardinals were overcome with emotion.

Louisville forward Wayne Blackshear fell to the floor, crying, and Chane Behanan looked as if he was going to be sick on the court, kneeling on his hands and feet. Peyton Siva sat a few feet away, a hand covering his mouth.

Luke Hancock patted Ware’s chest as doctors worked on the sophomore and Russ Smith – who is from New York City like Ware – walked away, pulling his jersey over his eyes.

Someone finally pulled Behanan to his feet, but he doubled over and needed a few seconds to gather himself. As Ware was being loaded onto a stretcher, the Cardinals gathered at midcourt until coach Rick Pitino called them over, saying that Ware wanted to talk to them before he left.

The players on the Louisville team were reportedly vomiting on the bench. The Louisville team was in tears on the court. Coach Rick Pitino was as well. Ware, however, seemed to be the most calm member of the Louisville team. It was reported on the CBS broadcast that he told the team while laying on the floor, “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be OK. You guys go win this thing.”



On the CBS broadcast, Tracy Wolfson said that Ware had his leg immobilized and he was being taken directly to the emergency room. His girlfriend was with him and his family back home had been contacted.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Ware. We wish him a speedy recovery.

  1. bricktop02 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    That was horrible. Good luck and god bless.

    • shenster57 - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Kevin Ware is a very focused young man to urge on his team like that after such a horrific injury. maybe coaching is in his future. I pray that he recovers fast.

  2. scoops1 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Sid Vicious knows all bout this injury

  3. mungman69 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    I hope that he will be ok. Terrible break.

  4. BigBeachBall - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    This happens every year…. Basketball programs should require team physical trainers to deliver a calcium pill with a milk chaser to every player before practices and games. Total cost probably less than 300 bucks. Providing free tape to wrap their ankles every game costs a lot more than that.

    • thejjtrain - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      I seem to recall a couple major stories in the news where studies actually showed that Calcium supplements A.) Do not prevent broken bones in women, and B.) actually increase heart disease in men.

      • badintent - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        Close. Women suffer many more hip fractures than men. So in past years, Doctors were recommending 1200 -2000mg a day for women, only 500 to 1000 for men. I take 500mg with Vitamin D . The heart risk was higher for women due to the higher doses . Most doctors have cut back on recommend dosages with the new medical survey data.

  5. taylornick3 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Worst injury I’ve ever seen on a basketball court as well. also, an open fracture is one where the bone protrudes from the skin. a compound fracture is multiple breaks, whether that be more than one bone or more than one place is the same bone. both may be the case in his case, but the headline as discussed in the article should be open fracture.

    • themantis123 - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      tayornick3 Stick to basketball. A compound fracture is a break that protrudes from the skin.

      • taylornick3 - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:12 PM

        I can admit when I’m wrong. apparently I misremembered my information from a p.a. friend of mine. oops.

      • badintent - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        Ask Joe Theisman about that.LT laid the lumber, Joe became “peg-leg Joe ” as he called himself.

  6. badgerbuck - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Looked like joe Thiesmans injury a few years back

    • joanne1965 - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      was thinking the same thing, but it was more than a few years…

    • sabatimus - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      First thing I thought of too.

  7. gridassassin - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    The commenter noted that Ware landed strangely to stay on the court, a direct consequence of these stupid elevated courts IMO

  8. e5tolife - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    I guess purple drink isn’t very high in calcium

  9. e5tolife - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I guess purple drink isn’t very high in calcium huh?

    • packfaninvikeland - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      Lazy troll.

  10. stakex - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    “worst injury I’ve ever seen in a sporting event”

    I sure hope you mean games you were personaly at. Because while this might be one of the nastiest basketball injuries… its really just a nasty broken leg. Thats its. Just last year Devon Walker broke his neck in a football game, and needed CPR on the field. Thats worse then a broken leg I would think. Travis Roy was a college hockey player who also broke his neck during a game. Again, worse then a broken leg.

    If were talking most visually gruesome, then Buffalo Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk taking a skate to the neck that severed his carotid artery is by far the worst. If you doubt that, heres the video:

  11. abbydelabbey - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    prayers for his speedy and complete recovery …

  12. mnfan2013 - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Get well WARE ! Thoughts and prayers to you and the whole LOUISVILLE Family !

  13. apmn - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    I had this injury in college. Compound fracture of the tibia. The puncture wound caused waaay more problems than the broken bone ever did. All the best to Ware, heal strong!

  14. Economic Development Data Services, Inc. - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Thanks for not sensationalizing Ware’s injury with photos!

  15. lateralous - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Hancock deserves a ton of credit. He was right there with Ware trying to comfort him as much as possible right at the point that I’m sure the panic was starting to set in.

  16. KraftedKhaos - May 26, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    I clicked on this article wanting to know the story, but not see the photo, so like the commenter above, I also thank you for not posting the photo.

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