Bronny James Recovering After Suffering Cardiac Arrest During USC Practice
Michael Hickey/Getty Images. Pictured: Bronny James during the McDonalds All American Basketball Games.
Bronny James, son of LeBron James, is in the hospital recovering from a cardiac episode that occurred during USC basketball practice Monday morning.
TMZ first reported the news and noted that the 18-year-old James had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit after he collapsed and fell unconscious.
"Medical staff was able to treat Bronny and take him to the hospital," a James family spokesperson said in a statement. "He is now in stable condition and no longer in the ICU. We ask for respect and privacy for the James family and we will update media when there is more information."
Reaction from the sports community was swift, including Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin who tweeted "Prayers to Bronny & The James family as well. here for you guys just like you have been for me my entire process." Hamlin suffered a similar cardiac emergency on the field during an NFL game earlier this year and recently presented an ESPY to the Bills training staff, which saved his life in Cincinnati.
Bronny, a McDonald's High School All-American, committed to the Trojans in May along with a group high-profile players, including five-star recruit Isaiah Collier. The class as a whole is expected to be among the best in the country. The Trojans are third in the country in recruiting rankings, according to 247sports, and they should be among the favorites to win the Pac-12 conference. As of this writing, the Trojans have the eighth-best odds to win the NCAA championship (+3500).