Donovan Mitchell showed support for the Louisville Cardinals by donning a customized pair of sneakers Friday night.
The NCAA on Tuesday ruled the program must vacate all its wins from 2011-12 to 2014-15, including its 2013 national title, for violating eligibility rules. Mitchell paid respect to the championship squad following the penalty.
Donovan Mitchell @spidadmitchell
You can take away the banner but you can’t take away the long hours in the gym the incredible wins the passion that this team played with! They were an inspiration to young athletes including myself!! Go ahead take away the banner but we all know who won in 2013 #L1C4✊🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/7Xaj9LkbuR
The Utah Jazz rookie, who played for Louisville in 2015-16 and 2016-17, honored the punished program by wearing red and white sneakers that featured the last names of the players from the 2013 championship squad.
He posted a photo from another angle that revealed "2013 and "Champs" inscriptions on the heels.
Mitchell scored a team-high 21 points in the Jazz's 100-81 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. At least he doesn't have to wear those shoes forever.