Donovan Mitchell argues for NCAA change after Zion Williamson injury
Donovan Mitchell used social media to speak out in favor of change within the NCAA in the wake of Zion Williamson’s fluke injury.
Less than a minute into Wednesday’s highly-anticipated game between North Carolina and Duke, superstar Zion Williamson suffered an injury following a completely random occurrence. As he planted his, Williamson’s left foot went completely through his Nike shoe.
The Blue Devis ruled Williamson out for the remainder of the game shortly after, leading some to say Williamson should sit out the rest of the season.
If that’s a groin injury for Zion, next time I’d hoop would be in summer league.
— Justin Tinsley (@JustinTinsley) February 21, 2019
if I'm Zion I walk off the court and never play again until someone pays me to. Eff all that.
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) February 21, 2019
While many were pointing ahead to Williamson’s pro career, a current pro, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, called for change in the NCAA with respect to paying student athletes.
Again let’s remember all the money that went into this game…. and these players get none of it…. and now Zion gets hurt… something has to change @NCAA
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) February 21, 2019
Mitchell was right in that there was a substantial amount of money that went into the production and advertisement of the game, as North Carolina-Duke is perhaps the best rivalry in college basketball. The discussion of paying student athletes likely won’t go away until it actually happens. Few things will get the conversation going again like college basketball’s premier talent going down during a nationally televised game with an injury that is yet to be determined.