The eldest son of Lakers superstar LeBron James was rushed to the hospital on Monday after collapsing during basketball practice.
WASHINGTON – Bronny James, the oldest son of NBA star LeBron James, was rushed to the hospital Monday after collapsing and suffering cardiac arrest during college basketball practice, according to a statement from his family.
TMZ, which first reported the news Tuesday morning, said a 911 call was placed just before 9:30 a.m. Monday from the University of Southern California’s Galen Center, where the school’s basketball team practices and plays.
“Medical staff were able to treat Bronny and take him to hospital. He is now in stable condition and no longer in intensive care,” a family spokesperson read. “We ask for respect and privacy for the James family and will update the media when there is more information. LeBron and Savannah would like to publicly send their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the USC athletic and medical staff for their incredible work and dedication to the safety of their athletes.”
LeBron James has made it clear that one day he would like to play with his son Bronny, who will be draft-eligible next summer. The 18-year-old announced in May that he would play college basketball for the Trojans. He is an incoming freshman and was one of the top high school prospects in the country.
Earlier this month, Bronny appeared on stage at the ESPYs with his brothers and mother to present his father with the record-breaking performance award for becoming the NBA’s career leader.
The ESPY ceremony also saw Buffalo Bills training personnel receive the Pat Tillman Award for Service. They were honored for safely saving the life of Damar Hamlin, who went into cardiac arrest during a game in Cincinnati in January.
When news of Bronny’s cardiac arrest broke on Tuesday, Hamlin tweeted “Prayers to Bronny and the James family too,” adding “here for you guys just like you have been for me throughout my process.”
Bronny James was shot a little over a year after USC freshman Vince Iwuchukwu collapsed during a practice. Iwuchukwu went into cardiac arrest on July 1, 2022, with athletic trainers rushing to use an automated external defibrillator to revive him.
Iwuchukwu had a battery-powered pulse generator known as an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator implanted in his chest, the Los Angeles Times reported. Iwuchukwu was able to play for the Trojans during the second half of last season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.