LeBron James is one of the most recognisable NBA players going, even if by all admissions he’s having a poor final season to his career. He’s also a large AF man, clocking in at 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds. So you certainly wouldn’t want him smashing into you out by the side of a basketball court. But, you guessed it, that’s exactly what happened to pro golfer Jason Day’s unlucky wife Ellie Day.
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Jason was sat courtside with his wife, Ellie, watching Cleveland Cavaliers take on Oklahoma City Thunder at the Quicken Loans Arena when LeBron went crashing into the crowd as he tried to keep possession of the ball for his team.
Day’s wife was subsequently taken off the court on a stretcher with her head stabilised in a brace. Ellie’s family released a statement later in the day:
Ellie has been suffering from concussion symptoms after she was accidentally run over at courtside last night by Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James. She is resting comfortably and appreciates all of those who have reached out and are concerned about her. She wants to send a special thanks to her doctors, the emergency medical staff and the entire Cleveland Cavaliers organization who helped her thru this ordeal. Finally, no hard feelings towards LeBron. He was just doing his job. Go Cavs.
I didn’t remember until 2am seeing the ball come toward me. It was a blur. To the crazies that think Jason should have protected me — if he had had time to react, so would have I. Also, I would not have liked both dudes landing on me. Lebron is huge and had such momentum he could not have stopped!!
Check out the whole tweet here:
Here’s the footage of James clattering into Ellie Day:
LeBron sent his apologies:
Ellie Day I hope you're doing okay! My apologies! Hope u guys come back to another game soon. Love LJ!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 18, 2015
Proving once again that he’s one of the nicest guys in professional sports, like we needed reminding though, especially after this heartwarming letter he sent to a dying fan.