An NBA cheerleader was hurt in a fall at the Orlando Magic-New York Knicks contest on Tuesday, falling face-first into the ground and laying motionless for a few minutes during a failed routine.
Jamie Woode was identified as the NBA cheerleader who was hurt, Yahoo! Sports reported. The member of the Orlando Magic stunt team faltered through one of her stunts but didn’t have time to recover as she went immediately into another stunt that involved being thrown high into the air. Her male partner couldn’t catch her, and she fell hard to the ground.
The crowd let out an audible gasp as Woode hit the floor, with several people noting that it appeared she had been paralyzed. Players from both the Magic and Knicks looked on in worry about paramedics attended to the NBA cheerleader hurt.
Yahoo! Sports writer Eric Adelson describes the scene as the NBA cheerleader was wheeled out of the stadium still hurt:
“She lay strapped on a gurney on a sidewalk outside Amway Arena, still in her blue top and black spandex shorts, held in place by several belts and a white neck brace. A medic hovered over her, grabbed one of her hands and asked her to squeeze. She did. The medic asked if she was OK, and she nodded ever so slightly. She tried to move her legs and wiggled them. Then she tried to move a little more and her face contorted in pain.
“Her stunt partner, covered in sweat, held back tears. The medic reached up and stroked his back.”
The NBA cheerleader hurt in the incident was a former cheerleader at the University of Central Florida. She was lifted onto a gurney and taken out of the arena, waving to applauding fans as she left. ESPN noted that Woode was moving her extremities and breathing on her own at the hospital.