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Louisville’s Kevin Ware Sustained A Gruesome Leg Injury Against Duke (Warning: Graphic Video)


In what was a turning into a classic NCAA Tournament battle between two of the sport’s biggest programs, everything stopped. Players dropped to the ground in tears. Then CBS showed the footage. In case you are at all squeamish, here’s what happened. Kevin Ware, a sophomore guard from the Bronx, went up, rather routinely, to contest a shot right in front of his coach Rick Pitino. When he came down, his leg seemed to snap in half below the knee. Not like a dislocated knee. A compound fracture, which is being called “a broken leg,” that medical staff could be seen promptly placing towels over. Gruesome. He is currently at an area hospital.

UPDATE: Via Yahoo’s Pat Forde:

UPDATE: Via Courier-Journal.com:

“His bone was sticking out of his shin,” said Richard Pitino, Florida International’s head coach and former U of L assistant who recruited Ware for the Cards and was sitting about 25 feet from where injury happened. “I’m only 30, but I’ve never seen something like that. It felt like cancelling the game. You feel almost silly cheering (after that).”…

The place, packed with rowdy, red-clad fans, had gone eerily silent but roared for Ware as he left for Methodist Hospital in downtown Indianapolis.

He was accompanied by his girlfriend, who was summoned down from the stands, and Louisville’s team physician. A spokesman for the Cardinals said doctors “got his pain under control now and he’s resting comfortably,” being prepped for a likely surgery. As the game started back up, Pitino dropped to one knee on the sideline and wiped tears away.

The coach said during a halftime interview on CBS that Ware told the team as he was lying on the court: “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be OK. You guys go win this thing.”

The Cardinals ended up beating Duke 85-63, advancing to Final Four next week in Atlanta, where they’ll meet Wichita. We expect to hear more about Kevin’s status as it develops. Get better soon.


  • Jon

    God Bless this kid.

  • Jon

    God Bless this kid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/McGintyNation Sam McGinty

    They are playing in Indy, so i would say he isnt in a dallas area hospital…

  • Alan

    Indy doctors are the best for broken limbs. Indy 500 style driver go there for crushed & mangled limbs. If it had to happen Indianapolis is the best place he could be

  • defmbqwerty

    Redneck

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    Redneck

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001955311479 Geoffrey M Giordano

    The word is “squeamish.” Knock knock … any editors in there?

  • Andrew Ongais

    Dr. Terry Trammell.
    Good luck to Mr. Ware and Dr, Trammell.

    Compared to some of the stuff Trammell has put back together, this is “routine” but let’s hope for nothing but the very best.

  • Anonymous

    Probably a compound complex fracture that broke through the skin. Ouch.

  • Happyhippy

    Prayers are with you. Speedy recovery and know there are strangers out here who wish the best for you.

  • Gordon Bennett

    The good news is that a break even ne that looks this nasty is immeasurably ‘easier’ to recover from than a knee reconstruction.
    Best of luck to the kid.

  • RTF916

    It’s gruesome but we are a generation of wusses. His teammates all literally jumped away from him. There’s going to be a few times in life where you see something awful and disturbing but we owe it to each other to dig down, compose ourselves, and be there for aid especially if it’s a friend, relative, or teammate. Just imagine what went through his head and he set there, with his bone sticking out of his leg, and his teammates are running from him like he’s the elephant man.

  • RTF916

    1 teammate goes to aid him, while the others just freak out….and aid each other while they freak out. smdh. Finally they muster up the courage to surround him and give him support, probably when they realized how much of bittches they looked like. We’re going to be in trouble if we face another 9/11-like attack in this country.

  • cpt. obvious

    I suggest you google “compound fracture”.

  • HLVTCO

    Bro, there was inmediate attention supplied by team staffers. What are you taking about? + the coach got players to turn away/clear the area. Watch the footage again. Added to that, are any of the players qualified physicians? Unless they were, I would not expect any of them to tend to a player. Get real dude.

  • NoTolerenceForIdiots

    Dip$hit

  • sean

    For broken tibia’s Dr. Robert German of the Mcbride Clinic in Oklahoma City is one of the nations foremost experts on surgical Tibia “Nail’s”. I had a broken tibia/fibula that stayed inside the skin, shortened six inches and twisted 270 degrees from a nasty soccer tackle. He had me walking, when other doctors said that i would never walk normally again, in less than a month. Hopefully, this young athlete will have the best care Louisville’s insurance can buy. Having been there, i feel for this young man.

  • Oscar

    Good point

  • Tbaby

    My prayers are with you Kevin. Stay strong. My family sends prayers your way.

  • Emily

    Um…. that’s what a compound fracture is; an injury that occurs when there is a break in the skin around a broken bone.

  • IKB

    I find it very odd that he broke his leg at all, it looked like it snapped as he came down and then it buckled underneath him. Hopefully, there isnt something else medically wrong that has thinned his bones.

  • Anonymous

    He is talking about all the players that were crying like girls. He broke his leg. If you can’t deal with seeing someone get a broken leg or worse and being able to get past it without crying then our society has some real problems.

  • Anonymous

    I suggest you read my comment again. I said, “compound complex fracture”, which is a compound fracture wherein the bone’s broken pieces pierce the skin open, a “tear”, a “gash”, an open wound that exposes the raw fracture, tissue, etc.

  • Anonymous

    A compound complex fracture is not the same as a compound fracture. The compound complex fracture, which I guessed at and which has been confirmed, is a compound fracture that breaks through the skin with an open wound, injuring, tearing muscles, vessels from the broken shards of a broken bone, splinters, and roughly broken bone. It is not the break in the skin around a broken bone that causes the injury. It is the shattered, broken bone that causes the injury and break in the skin resulting in a wound.

  • reality

    wait a sec – you extrapolated a leg injury to us being vulnerable to another 9/11? you need to control your cynicism. and its also very evident you arent very athletic – bc athletes arent supposed to “aid” him bc you leave that to the pros and to lessen hysteria or stress/shock to the individual… like say it was you – would you have wanted 10 teammates in your face?

  • ^loser

    his head is nothing on his teammates – you are a noob. also it is not a generation of wusses to react to a compound fracture… get a grip troll

  • Brandon Fertig

    The word complex
    There is no such thing as a complex fracture, if something is compound you bet for darn sure its complex, its breaking through the skin. So in other words you are wrong.

    From google…

    An open fracture, also called a compound fracture, is an injury that
    occurs when there is a break in the skin around a broken bone. In order
    for an injury to be classified as a compound fracture, the outside air
    (and dirt and bacteria) must be able to get to the fracture site without
    a barrier of skin or soft-tissue. Therefore, a bone does not need to
    be through the skin in order for the injury to be called a compound
    fracture.

    Why the fuss about compound fractures? Because these injuries are open
    to the outside world, there is a very significant risk of developing an
    infection around the fracture. If an infection develops, there can be
    problems with bone healing. Therefore, compound fractures are generally
    treated with surgery to clean the site of injury and stabilize the
    fracture.

  • nana4gj

    I stand corrected that an open fracture, one that tears the skin and becomes an open wound, exposing bone, tissue, etc, is called a Compound fracture. But there is such a thing as a Compound Complex Fracture. In this case, the manner in which it was reported that the witnesses reacted to the injury, led me to assume it was an open fracture because, for those unaccustomed to seeing these kinds of wounds, the reaction is not “wussie”, as described in a comment, but, pretty much expected. It is very painful to experience the injury and difficult to see. Peace.

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