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Kevin Ware: An Overhyped Injury
- Updated: April 8, 2013
With the National Championship being played tonight, there are many story lines that have been created for both teams. The biggest story line, and most overblown story, in recent weeks has been the injury of Louisville’s guard Kevin Ware.
While the injury was an absolute awful thing to see, the way it has been handled by all of the media outlets has been something that people, most specifically me, are really getting tired of hearing about time after time.
Look, the injury to Ware was an absolutely awful thing and I would not have wished it on my worst enemies (or Bryce Harper for that matter). But the way the injury has been covered makes it sound like Ware will never play again.
When Kentucky’s forward Nerlens Noel tore his ACL, ending his season and probably career at Kentucky, there wasn’t a moment of silence before the game, there wasn’t a standing ovation every time he was seen, and the media covered it for a few weeks and went on there merry way. So why does a kid who averaged 4.5 points per game need all this attention?
There was something that caught my attention yesterday and I have to agree. Louisville has had some bad luck when it has come to injuries–most notably Mike Marra. Marra tore his ACL and then re-tore it again. Although he will be fine, again, Marra never received the kind of attention that Ware has received. There wasn’t any “Win It For Marra” t-shirts or hashtags used on Twitter, there wasn’t media swarming every practice to find out how the team is coping, and I guarantee that not a single tear was shed when Marra went down. He never went on David Letterman like Ware did either, so why is Ware’s injury more notable than what Marra, for example, went through?
I had to ask someone about this, so I turned to the public. Richard Bowen said it probably better than I could, “Kevin is not paralyzed, did not come close to dying and his career most likely is not over. Let’s please move past the point that he broke a bone, underwent surgery and treat his injury as normal as possible. No, I’m not heartless either. I just firmly disagree with this unbelievable reaction for a player because he suffered a broken tibia and missed the remainder of the NCAA tournament.”
I have to agree with this. Ware ISN’T paralyzed, he wasn’t near death and will probably get back to playing basketball sometime next season. So will the national media outlets swarm the campus of Louisville for him next year? Probably not.
So while I’m very upset for the kid to have to miss his chance of playing in a National Championship game tonight, the kind of attention he has been getting for breaking a leg has been something that I think many can agree with me on that it’s getting pretty old, pretty fast.
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