Akil Mitchell, who was a key member of the 2013-14 Virginia men’s basketball team that was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, suffered a horrific eye injury during a game in New Zealand on Thursday.
Mitchell was going for a rebound when he appeared to get hit in the face by an opponent. Mitchell’s eye reportedly was partially dislodged from the eye socket.
The game was delayed for 15 minutes as Mitchell was taken to a local hospital. He later sent a note out on Twitter saying he was already home and that he could see fine.
Here is the video, via TVNZ in New Zealand:
WARNING: This video contains graphic content that some may find disturbing.
Here are some of his teammates reacting to the scene.
????… too soon? Lol thanks for all the love, well wishes, and prayers tonight. I’m home and seeing fine, more tests tomorrow
— akil mitchell (@ajmitchell25) January 26, 2017
Our thoughts go out to Akil Mitchell who has been hospitalised due to an injury sustained during the game. Let’s send him all our love team pic.twitter.com/ICcOFsjlz4
— SKYCITY Breakers NZ (@NZBreakers) January 26, 2017
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