Columnist’s leg broken as Iowa State fans storm court after win over Iowa

Des Moines Register columnist Randy Peterson suffered a fractured leg Thursday night during a court-storming following Iowa State’s come-from-behind win over Iowa.

“It appeared to be a significant leg break,” said Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard, according to the Des Moines Register. “Coach [Steve] Prohm and I went out to talk to him and tried to comfort him. It is what it is.”

Peterson will reportedly have surgery Friday to repair multiple fractures.

That’s the attitude, Randy. I guess.

Either way, this will certainly lead to another conversation about whether court-stormings should be allowed. Does the tradition and supposed fun outweigh the undeniable risks? Should leagues implement serious rules with serious penalties to stop them?

I wrote about this last February — after a court-storming at Kansas State nearly led to an incident following the Wildcats’ win over Kansas. You can read that here.

“I hate that Randy got hurt,” Prohm said. “That’s terrible.”

Iowa State's last-second victory brought Cyclones fans storming onto the court. (USATSI)
Iowa State’s last-second victory brought Cyclones fans storming onto the court. (USATSI)

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