Bronny James, the 18-year-old son of NBA superstar Lebron James, reportedly went into cardiac arrest during a practice session at USC on Monday.
LeBron James confirmed the terrifying incident involving his son while preparing for his inaugural season with the Trojans, according to a statement given to TMZ.
“(Monday) while practicing Bronny James went into cardiac arrest,” the James family said.
“Medical personnel were able to treat Bronny and transport him to the hospital. He is now in stable condition and is no longer in the ICU. We ask for respect and privacy for the James family and will update the media as more information becomes available.”
The spokesperson continues, “LeBron and Savannah want to publicly send their deepest thanks and appreciation to the medical and athletic staff at USC for their incredible work and dedication to the safety of their athletes.”
After a 911 call made at 9:26 a.m. from the Galen Center, USC’s practice facility, Bronny was immediately taken to the hospital.
Bronny is now reported to be in a stable condition and has been moved from the intensive care unit. The nature of the incident is believed to have been classified as Code 3. This category indicates the critical nature of the call, requiring the use of lights and sirens in the ambulance.
This is the second instance of a cardiac arrest scare within the USC basketball program in consecutive years. Last summer, Vince Iwuchukwu, a former five-star center, also went into cardiac arrest during an unofficial team practice. After his health scare, Iwuchukwu was benched for a while, but eventually returned to play in 14 games last season after being medically cleared in January.
At 18, Bronny was a highly sought-after four-star recruit after an outstanding career at Sierra Canyon High School. James, a 6-foot-3 guard known for his remarkable intelligence and talent both offensively and defensively, had an impressive high school career at Sierra Canyon, averaging 14 points and five rebounds per game his senior year.
His performance during the 2022-23 season boosted his national recruiting ranking from beyond the top 50 to the top 30 on 247Sports. His potential has increased the chances of him being a potential lottery pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.
LeBron James confirmed in 2021 that he had been vaccinated against COVID-19, despite initial hesitation. The Los Angeles Lakers star addressed the media during the Lakers’ annual media day for the upcoming season, revealing that he and his family decided to get the vaccine after doing their own research.
“I think everybody has their own choice — to do what they think is right for themselves and their family and things of that nature,” he said. “I know I was very (skeptical) about all of this, but after doing my research. I felt like it was the best fit not only for me, but for my family and my friends.”
When asked about vaccine advocacy, James expressed that he was only comfortable discussing decisions made by him and his family.
“We are talking about the bodies of individuals. We’re not talking about something that’s, you know, politics or racism or police brutality,” James said. “So I don’t think that, for me personally, I should get involved in what other people should do with their bodies and their livelihoods.”
It is unknown what caused 18-year-old athlete Bronny James to go into cardiac arrest. Medical studies have linked the Covid vaccination to rare but serious side effects, such as inflammation of the heart and blood clots, in young people.
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