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Mississippi State’s Nick Weatherspoon taken off on stretcher in SEC Tournament

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Terrifying scene in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinal…

In the Tennessee vs. Mississippi State matchup, Bulldog guard Nick Weatherspoon was knocked unconscious and taken off the court on a stretcher. He has reportedly been taken to the hospital.

On the play, Weatherspoon fell to the ground after a layup and stayed there with an apparent hip injury. Play continued as Weatherspoon stayed under the basket, and following a steal on the other end of the floor, two players landed on Weatherspoon’s head. Weatherspoon’s brother was one of the individuals near the action.

Here is the incident:

This was the scene after the injury.

When he got to the hospital, doctors confirmed it was a neck injury.

Why would the officials allow play to continue? How could they see the play develop with a player still under the basket and allow the inevitable to happen? Absolutely disgusting.

This goes without saying, but prayers up for Nick Weatherspoon.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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18 Comments for Mississippi State’s Nick Weatherspoon taken off on stretcher in SEC Tournament

  1. maximumscott
    9:00 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Absolutely terrible. If a coach does something that is completely ridiculous or the players its a Technical. What do the officials get? They caused this to happen. They should have stopped the game. Im sure they come out with some BS about the play being within the parameters of fluidity and that it wasnt a necessity to stop the game.

    • Miller45
      10:58 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

      if the officials did what they should have done he would not have been carted off in that stretcher

    • satcheluk
      8:42 am March 10, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed. The game should have been stopped.

  2. Kevin C
    9:04 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Those officials should be suspended at the half and replaced, and never allowed to officiate again. And if I’m Weatherspoon’s family, I’m coming after the NCAA, SEC, head of officiating….they’re all culpable.

    • catdaddyd
      9:25 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Seeing how this is the beginning of the second half…..

    • Kevin C
      10:40 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Excuse me….*have been*…like you didn’t f*cking know what I meant. ?_?

  3. Smyrna_Cat
    9:14 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    It was an unfortunate play.

    • Jack Pilgrim
      9:23 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, seeing a player’s basketball career and/or life potentially altered forever due to the incompetence of the officials is quite “unfortunate.”

  4. snarkster
    9:27 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Officials are not required to stop play when a player goes down, but they can stop it at any time a player’s health is at risk. At the very least, they should have blown play dead when the ball was stolen. Unconscionable that they let it continue. It was all on them. They should pay and pay dearly.

  5. Bleednblu
    10:02 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    This is absolutely disgusting. As we’ve all seen time and time again there is “bad” officiating. However bad officiating and a blatant disregard for ones well being are two completely different things. They need to be stripped of their officiating rights and possibly looked into for further discipline pending the outcome of injury. I’ve seen play stopped for someone to tie their shoe…a man down that long and nothing happens…. ridiculous.

  6. CombatMedic_98
    10:08 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Again officiating at its best…if you don’t know what you’re doing most people do NUTHING!!!!

  7. MadHatter
    10:08 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Play should’ve been whistled dead after the turnover. Who gives a ? about fluidity of the play. The kid is laying under the goal. In no way whatsoever should this have continued. Time for refs to be held accountable.

  8. CombatMedic_98
    10:09 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Allowing an injured player to lie their and do NOTHING…who is running the NCAA officiating crews!?

  9. Han
    10:33 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Refs usually let play continue if the other team has the ball to discourage people faking injuries to stop momentum, etc. But the moment his team got the ball again, a ref should’ve been ready to blow his whistle. They screwed up badly and he could have serious injuries as a result. That’s the kind of thing coaches scream about refs not protecting their players.

    • Ridge Runner
      6:14 am March 10, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly Han… exactly

  10. CPACAT
    10:40 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Who are those officials and where do they wor….never mind…

  11. wesmorgan1
    11:19 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    Pat Adams was the trailing ref – who looked directly at Weatherspoon lying on the floor before he ran down to the other end. As soon as MSU regained possession, it was his call to stop play.

    All three officials blew it, but I think you can lay this one primarily at Adams’ feet.

    (Of course, Adams is no stranger to notoriety.)

  12. 4everUKblue
    4:25 am March 10, 2018 Permalink

    When will officials be held accountable for ANYTHING?