Basketball Player's Eyeball Comes Out Of Its Socket During A Game

An Accidental Poke

An Accidental Poke

Former University of Virginia basketball player, Akil Mitchell, has suffered a horrific injury in a recent match in New Zealand. Playing for the New Zealand Breakers in an NBL (Australian National Basketball League) match against the Cairns Taipans, the Breakers forward received an accidental poke to the eye during his team's loss....

NBL [NSFL]

NBL [NSFL]

Before we go any further, we should mention that there is indeed video footage of the incident in which the player's eyeball pops out of its socket. Clearly, this is footage which some people may find intensely disturbing, and so discretion is advised.

Of All The Injuries...

Of All The Injuries...

So here it is. Once again, if you are one of those people who feel like you might find the sight of a man's eyeball dangling out of place, then perhaps just reading the article will be enough for you. If you're okay with it, then check it out.

The Fallout

The Fallout

As soon as everyone figured out what had happened, teammates and medical staff were quick to Mitchell off the court and on his way to Auckland Hospital.

"Akil is sitting up and resting, and has vision to his injured eye," Breakers general manager Dillon Boucher said, according to Flava.co.nz.

 "While there is some damage, the early reports are very positive that the injury is not as serious as first feared."

 

Too Soon?

Too Soon?

Despite the initial horror he must have felt, it appears that the Breakers forward was in good spirits, and it must be said, probably a little relieved that the injury wasn't as serious as many feared it would be. He tweeted this in reference to the incident, including the eyeball emoji followed by the words "Too soon?", clearly able to make a joke at his own expense.

We wanted to make a joke about the "eye-popping footage" but we figured it might be...well, too soon.

Hopefully, the tests find in his favor and he can be back on court soon.