Here is what Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon had to say after Saturday’s loss to Tennessee in the SEC Tournament when his brother, Nick, was seriously injured in a second half fall and had to be taken off the court on a stretcher.
Nick Weatherspoon hit the floor under the State basket. Play continued and Nick eventually had his head stepped on while he was still laying on the floor.
Q. Quinndary, how do you keep playing when you saw what happened to your little brother? How do you get it out of your head and stay in the game and do what you did out there?
QUINNDARY WEATHERSPOON: At that point, I was just trying to play for him, try to play with a lot of energy like he play with. Basically, I did what he wanted me to do to try to play as hard as I can and try to come out with the win.
Q. Quinndary, when you’re watching Nick, what’s going through your mind at that moment?
QUINNDARY WEATHERSPOON: Just making sure that he’s okay. I mean, that nothing major is wrong with him. I was happy that he was moving. And we were talking and he asked about the score of the game, which let me know that he was all right.
Q. During that play, did you realize that he was down? And do you think the play should have been stopped after you got the ball back?
QUINNDARY WEATHERSPOON: I didn’t think the injury was that bad until we came back down the floor. I think with them stepping on his head, or neck or something like that, it probably made the injury worse than it was. I think, if he would have never got stepped on, he would have been able to get up probably with a concussion or something like that. I don’t think it was that bad at first until he got stepped on. Then I was concerned.