Nike have suffered a monumental $1.1 BILLION loss after Zion Williamson suffered a sprained knee after his trainers split.
The Duke Washington starlet, who has been called ‘the next Lebron James‘ was injured after 33 seconds on Wednesday during the college game against North Carolina.
As a result, Nike’s stock price fell by 1% after spectators watched the 18-year-old’s Basketball PG 2.5 trainer literally fall apart.
Williamson is the projected number one NBA draft pick in June and has been described as a ‘once in a generation athlete’ by two-time NBA champion Kevin Durant.
The rubber sole ripped loose from the Nike shoe, with the sportswear giant (who exclusively provide Duke’s uniforms, shoes and clothing) saying in a statement: “We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery.
“The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue.”
Such is the interest surrounding Williamson, demand for tickets to watch the teenager in Wednesday’s local derby eclipsed NFL Super Bowl prices thanks to the ‘Zion Effect’.
Former US President Barack Obama was in the crowd to watch the precocious talent, while Floyd Mayweather, LeBron James and Jay Z have also been spotted watching Duke in the past month.
An ESPN college basketball analyst told Forbes he expects to see Williamson join Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather and basketball legend Michael Jordan in the billion dollar club.