Duke's Zion Williamson out after knee injury, shoe destroyed

Duke's Zion Williamson is making headlines -- but not for his standout basketball abilities.

Less than a minute into Wednesday matchup with UNC, Williamson slipped while dribbling and blew out his shoe?

That's right, the bizarre move was caught camera and it shows the Nike high-top appear to come apart at the seams.

Williamson also injured his knee.

Duke tweeted out that he would not return to the game.


Eyewitness News asked Wichita State physics professor, Mathew Muether for an explanation on the bizarre event.

"It looks like the glue that holds the sole to the shoe upper failed," said Muether, "The way his foot lands it looks like there is a large shear force applied to that glue joint."

We also went to Richard Clark, the owner of Advanced Shoe Repair. Clark has decades of shoe repair experience and has seen similar situations.

"Maybe the glue just wasn't activated properly. Give it a few months and it will start to come loose," said Clark.

He says major manufacturers produce so many shoes a small percentage are bound to be defective.

"They make them so fast, maybe they're not bonding very well it's hard to say. There's probably a lot of teams getting shoes in the coming days," said Clark.

Nike released the following statement about the situation:

"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."