Markelle Fultz was a highly-touted basketball player who was selected as the #1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
However, during his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers, he began to experience unusual shooting form and struggled to make shots.
This led to widespread speculation about the cause of his shooting woes, including possible injury, mental health issues, or even a case of the
In response to this, a social media trend called the "Fultz Challenge" emerged, in which basketball fans and players began to mimic Fultz's awkward shooting form.
The challenge went viral, with people posting videos of themselves attempting to replicate Fultz's unusual technique, often with humorous results.
The Fultz Challenge gained national media attention, with several news outlets and talk shows discussing the trend.
It also sparked a wider conversation about mental health in sports and the pressures facing young athletes in the modern age.
Ultimately, Fultz was diagnosed with a shoulder injury and a case of thoracic outlet syndrome, which was affecting his shooting form.
He underwent surgery and eventually returned to the court, although he has yet to fully live up to the expectations placed on him as a #1 draft pick.
The Fultz Challenge remains a memorable moment in the world of American sports, demonstrating the power of social media and the impact that a single player's struggles can have on the wider public.