You would think this shot was of a losing team moments after the buzzer. Unfortunately it was one of many surreal shots of players, coaches, and fans reacting to Kevin Ware's gruesome injury.
I was about seven minutes behind watching the Louisville-Duke game when I started seeing the tweets roll in on Kevin Ware's terrible injury. After seeing some of the social media discourse taking place, I hit fast forward and actually went past it when I then saw Tyler Thornton, a Duke player who had just made a three point attempt, staring over at the injured Ware. The whistle had not yet been blown but upon seeing the extent of the injury from a distance, Thornton made a face and turned his back to it and what would have been a Louisville possession. Thornton then covered his eyes with his hand, turned back to see if what he initially saw was not a momentary illusion, grimaced again, before grabbing his heart visually disturbed.
I rewound to see what exactly happened having fast forwarded past it. Upon seeing it in real time, I let out a scream and watched the reaction shots CBS played before realizing I hadn't breathed in quite some time and my jaw was wide open.
For fans not old enough to remember Joe Theismann's injury on Monday Night Football, here was this generation's squeamish sports injury moment. A big game with a big national audience and an injury that was so unnatural, that many watching there and on television had some type of physical reaction.
The visual of Ware's leg itself was enough to make you cringe or squirm but many other shots coupled with it also added to the somber reality of the moment.
In particular there is a split second after the Thornton three falls when the entire Louisville bench just feet away sees the extent of the injury and collectively jumps and squirms in a manner that you just never see in any setting. It was later reported that some thought members of the Louisville bench vomited.
Ware's unfortunate injury quickly put CBS, ESPN, and others in a tough spot as it was going to overshadow any other sports story and potentially any news story of the day. It had to be covered, yet the footage was so disturbing that many viewers and readers were going to be physically, mentally, and emotionally affected by viewing it. Below is a look at how media companies handled footage of the injury.no comments