How C.J. Leslie saved wheelchair court stormer
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
Will Privette knew it was the “dumbest thing” he’d do in college, and he also knew it was probably actually pretty dangerous.
But he wasn’t about to let his wheelchair get in the way of celebrating a big win. So he rushed — rolled? — the court along with his fellow North Carolina State students after the Wolfpack took down No. 1 Duke at home Saturday afternoon.
Dick Vitale expressed concern on the air about Privette’s safety, and video and screenshots of Privette’s wheelchair immediately went viral online. Privette started getting messages from friends telling him they saw him on TV. He searched “wheelchair” on Twitter and discovered that hundreds of people were talking about him, wondering if he was OK.
Here’s a little background on Privette, the young man known on the Internet as the “wheelchair kid who rushed the court.”
Privette spoke to USA TODAY Sports Saturday afternoon about rushing the court, his newfound celebrity and how N.C. State forward C.J. Leslie just might have saved his life:
Tell me everything — from the decision to rush the court and what happened.
I rushed the court when we beat Duke back in 2010, and that time I waited for the first wave of people to go through so I wouldn’t get crushed. That was my plan for this year as well. But the PNC staff and ushers who I knew were like, “Do you want to rush the court?” I said of course. So they said, “We’ll put you on … [For more on How C.J. Leslie saved wheelchair court stormer Will Privette, click here.]