Overage of Paul George Injury videos appalling


Ty Conatser, Sports Writer

I for one am rather sick and tired of seeing videos of horrible professional sports injuries becoming as popular online as “Charlie Bit my Finger.” Its sickening, disgusting and downright wrong.

Weeks ago, the video of Paul George’s horrific lower right leg injury was bouncing around the web like a beachball at a Nickelback concert. It was almost difficult to surf any social media website or sports page without seeing the thumbnail image several times.

George endured a compound fracture, Aug. 2, during a Team USA scrimmage when he attempted to block the fast break of James Harden, according to Yahoo Sports. As George fell to the ground, he snapped his leg against the basketball stanchion, a sound that would turn stomachs across the country.

The sound can clearly be heard in most versions of the video which makes it all the more gruesome and difficult to sit through. The Indiana Pacer was rushed to a Las Vegas Hotel immediately where he underwent surgery and rested for 3 days. George returned to Indianapolis, Aug. 5, and is now recovering.

The good news is 11 days after the injury, head Pacers head coach Frank Vogel and  president of basketball operations Larry Bird said doctors believe Paul George will be able to make a full, although lengthy, recovery, according to Yahoo Sports.

“It’s bad enough for the franchise, but I feel so bad for Paul because I know how hard he works, and how much it meant to him to play for his country,” Bird told Yahoo Sports. ”All he cared about was trying to get better.”

Doctors expect a full recovery to take 12 -18 months, although there is belief of a possible recovery before the end of the season.

It warms the heart to know that a positive outcome is likely to come from such a devastating event. Many times with sports injuries athletes never fully recover, or recover at all. This is the rare occasion that allows fans and players to have a hope instilled in them for their favorite players.

I personally hate injuries of these proportions in professional sports. I hate seeing the possibility of someone’s hopes and dreams and life’s work being cruelly ripped from them in a matter of seconds. However this is the rare occasion that makes professional sports and athletes worth watching, worth believing in.

One can only hope that this newfound news will cause for all of the Youtube videos of Paul George’s gut-wrenching injury to die down a least a little bit for a while. With luck, I will soon be able to scroll through my Twitter feed without making certain that I have a doggie bag close.

Although it is likely that the videos will be few and far between in the near future, there is no doubt in my mind that this video will be immortalized by the “SportsCenter Top Ten” and other forms of exploiting injury media.