Lakers star LeBron James son suffered from cardiac arrest during practice at the University of Southern California, and the internet has strong theories about why.
The 18-year-old top NBA prospect collapsed during a workout at USC’s Galen Center on Monday morning and fell unconscious.
The USC staff called 911 at 9:26 AM and Bronny was rushed to a local hospital by ambulance.
The news of the young Trojans recruit’s health issue was broken by the James family in a statement to TMZ on Tuesday morning.
Bronny James was rushed to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during a USC workout Monday
A James family statement said Bronny is now in stable condition and no longer in the ICU pic.twitter.com/syOkNvgO7C
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 25, 2023
“Yesterday while practicing Bronny James suffered a cardiac arrest. Medical staff was able to treat Bronny and take him to the hospital. He is now in stable condition and no longer in ICU,” a spokesperson told the outlet.
“We ask for respect and privacy for the James family and we will update media when there is more information,” the statement urged.
USC All-American Bronny James collapsed on the court Monday and had a cardiac arrest. He was taken to the hospital and is now in stable condition and no longer in the ICU. Statement: pic.twitter.com/5z9F2qAWP0
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 25, 2023
“LeBron and Savannah wish to publicly send their deepest thanks and appreciation to the USC medical and athletic staff for their incredible work and dedication to the safety of their athletes.”
Prior to going into cardiac arrest, Bronny is expected to enter the 2024 NBA Draft after a one-and-done season at USC.
LeBron, 38, has previously indicated that he would not retire until after Bronny enters the NBA.”I need to be on the floor with my boy, I got to be on the floor with Bronny,” he told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin this year.
“Either in the same uniform or a matchup against him. I don’t mean like [guarding one another all game]—because he’s a point guard and I’m a, at this point now I’m playing center or whatever the team needs from me.”
“But I would love to do the whole Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. thing,” he concluded. “That would be ideal for sure.”
This isn’t the first time a top USC recruit was sidelined by a heart issue. In an eerily similar situation, USC freshman basketball player Vince Iwuchukwu collapsed during practice a year ago.
“This past summer I had a sudden cardiac arrest during a workout,” Iwuchukwu admitted in a statement last September. “Since the event, I have received optimal care from the university and my personal expert medical team.”
“Currently, I am adhering to the standard protocol designed to ensure my health and safety. I’m feeling great and my recovery and rehabilitation remain positive.”
Iwuchukwu eventually recovered from the medical incident, and debuted during the back half of the Trojans 2022-2023 season in January.
According to ESPN, he played 193 minutes and scored 75 points from January to March.
The cause of Iwuchukwu’s cardiac arrest was not released, and Bronny’s is too soon to tell, but the internet is already speculating.
Lebron James’ 18-year old son just went into cardiac arrest while doing a basketball workout.
Lebron has been a big advocate for the COVID vaccine. pic.twitter.com/AKyXnSlLmJ
— Joey Mannarino (@JoeyMannarinoUS) July 25, 2023
“You don’t need to be a genius to figure out what caused 18 year old athlete to have a cardiac arrest,” a parody account posted.
“Another nothing to see here incident,” someone added. “Just a typical healthy 18 year old with heart problems.”
“His dad is also the one of the greatest athletes of our lifetime who has never had a problem. Very sad,” conservative commentator Collin Rugg replied.
“The good news is that he recovered and is doing well in the hospital,” another prominent Twitter user added. “How much longer do we have to pretend that this is normal?”
“I don’t ever remember a time when young athletes in top physical condition had heart attacks this often. We’re not allowed to call out the coincidence or they call us insensitive.”
Matt Wallace wasn’t afraid of getting fact checked by Twitter and claimed that Bronny was “fully vaccinated against Covid with many boosters.”
“Why is this happening so often,” one person questioned.
“Really makes you wonder,” disabled veteran Travis_in_Flint retorted.