What you’re about to read isn’t for the faint of heart — and the video will certainly make you cringe.
Brigham Young University pole vaulter Zach McWhorter has achieved TikTok fame by sharing a clip in which his balls got impaled in pole vault attempt that went horribly wrong.
“I could see right into my scrotum,” McWhorter told BuzzFeed of the aftermath from his pole vaulting mishap, providing the site with a photo of the punctured shorts he was wearing at the time. According to his TikTok video, which has received 3.5 million likes, he needed 18 stitches to close up his wounded sack.
Luckily, McWhorter’s coach is also a urologist and his father. So, he managed to skip having to retell the graphic story of how exactly this freak incident even happened while getting some expedited service on his severed scrotum. “Fortunately, as far as I know, there is nothing wrong with my testicles — just a scar. One day, we’ll find out if they function or not,” he said.
McWhorter revealed to Buzzfeed the important lessons that he has learned this traumatic experience: “Don’t free ball (wearing cross country shorts without spandex)” and “always put a cap on the end of the pole.”
It should be worth noting that Brigham Young University is a mormon university — hence why 21-year-old Zach doesn’t know, but will find out “one day” if his testicles function or not.
If you’re up for it, watch the clip below.
@zach_mcwhorterThat one time the pole went through my ?… 18 stitches later… RIP to my future kids. #fail #polevault #byu