It was a horrific scene at the Elite Eight game between Louisville and Duke when Kevin Ware’s right leg collapsed underneath him, breaking in more than one place.
The graphic images of Kevin’s leg snapping (and his bone protruding out of his skin) was replayed over and over again, and unsurprisingly the terrible news caused an enormous Twitter reaction — from fans, celebrities, and athletes alike.
Lil Wayne tweeted, “May God be with Kevin Ware and his family. Ya in my prayers bro.”
Former quarterback Joe Theismann sent out the message, “Watching Duke/ Louisville game my heart goes out to Kevin Ware.” Joe has actually been in Kevin’s position — in 1985, Joe suffered a horrific compound fracture of his leg on national television.
Robert Griffin III, who has also suffered his own leg injuries, tweeted, “Prayers up for Kevin Ware, his teammates, & family.”
NBA star Kevin Love posted, “I don’t even have words. Only prayers right now,” and Steph Curry tweeted, “Pray for him!” And Jared Dudley spoke for us all, tweeting, “My stomach hurts after watching that injury!”
Baseball phenom Bryce Harper tweeted, “Wow! Speedy recovery for Kevin Ware hopefully! Scary moment! Prayers and blessings to you bud! #NCAA.”
Eric LeGrand, a college football player who was paralyzed after a football-related injury, posted the tweet, “Just watched what happened to Kevin Ware and definitely sending my prayers up for you man.”
The outpouring of support for Kevin Ware has been huge. It’s such a horrific injury that it’s impossible not to have an emotion reaction. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin as well, as he tries to recover from this ghastly injury.
Note: He has completeled a 2 hour surgery at Methodist Hospital to insert a metal rod into his leg and close the wound. His Coach, Rick Pitino stayed the night to support him as he begins this journey to recovery and hopefully getting back on the court in about a year. This photo was snapped after his surgery, when he finally got his hands on their trophy for moving on to the Final 4.
You can watch the video of the injury below, but be forewarned, it is extremely graphic.