SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Jazz owner Gail Miller said she texted Robyn Hayward after her husband’s gruesome ankle break during the Celtics’ season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“She said ‘I’m just broken,'” Miller told ABC4 Utah’s Andrew Reeser. “It’s just indescribable to say what a disabling, disappointing, devastating event that has to be for him and Robyn…We wish him well,” Miller said.
“It’s a tough break, Gordon is a great friend,” said former Jazz player Ronnie Price. “You never want to see a friend or anyone else suffer from anything like that…”
Doctors said Hayward broke his tibia and dislocated his ankle after landing awkwardly during Tuesday’s game. Hayward lef the Utah Jazz back in July to play for the Celtics, a controversial decision which disappointed many Jazz fans.
Some offered compassion to Hayward on social media, others called the injury “karma” for leaving the team.
“That’s just part of the game,” Miller said. “You can’t hold it against a player. It’s their life, their career.”
Dr. Andrew Cooper, orthopedic surgeon and physician for Real Salt Lake, said this type of injury requires months of recovery and rehabilitation.
“It’s hard to watch,” said Cooper, referring to video of the injury that went viral Tuesday. Cooper said he believes it’s possible for Hayward to return this season if his recovery goes well.
The Jazz have their season opener against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night.