Iowa’s Cordell Pemsl on bloody leg: ‘I looked down and I could see my tibia’

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl isn’t sure what exactly he hit when he soared in Iowa State’s student section last Thursday. But the collision left a dime-sized gash down his lower right leg and required three layers of stitches.

“I think it was one of folding chairs, the padded ones,” Pemsl said Tuesday in his first comments since the injury. “I don’t know if there was a screw poking out, I don’t know what exactly I hit on it, but it was one of the chairs.”

Pemsl, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, left that game for good in an 84-78 loss to the Cyclones. He didn’t play on Sunday in an Iowa win against Southern and his status for this Saturday against in-state Drake is “iffy,” according to coach Fran McCaffery. Pemsl won’t practice again until Thursday.

The incident happened so quickly that Pemsl couldn’t remember all of the details. But his first glance at his leg left him concerned.

“I just felt like I got kicked in the shin,” Pemsl said.  “Then I looked down and I could see my tibia. I was like more scared then because I didn’t know what was going on. There wasn’t a lot of blood. It didn’t hurt that bad, but I was more just nervous about going back into the locker room.

“As long as it wasn’t my knee, I knew it was OK.”

At Dubuque Wahlert (Iowa) High School, Pemsl had two different knee surgeries, including one where his femur was broken and his leg realigned.

The incident sparked some intense rhetoric among fans from both groups. Pemsl dove in front of three Iowa State students for the loose ball. One appeared to yell at Pemsl while he was down, while another looked like he was pushing Pemsl. Many, many Iowa State fans claim the student wasn’t pushing Pemsl and merely had lost his balance.

“I saw the video and there’s a kid yelling and a kid that appeared to have pushed me,” Pemsl said. “I got some feedback from Iowa State fans. Some were hoping for a fast recovery and some were defending him. People have their own opinions. Whether he pushed me or not, it’s not that big of a deal.

“I don’t really have [an opinion] to be honest. It’s over. I doesn’t really matter.”

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