Collision with LeBron lands Jason Day’s wife in hospital

  • AP, Cleveland
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2015 00:18 IST
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James falls into Ellie Day, wife of PGA Tour golf player Jason Day, at left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. (AP Photo)

The wife of US PGA champion Jason Day was treated and released from a hospital after LeBron James crashed into her during an NBA game on Thursday.

Ellie Day was taken from Quicken Loans Arena, with her head immobilised, to MetroHealth Medical Center. She was released early Friday, according to hospital spokeswoman Tina Shaerban Arundel.

James was scrambling for a loose ball in the fourth quarter of a 104-100 win by Cleveland over Oklahoma City, when the 250-pound (113-kilogram) All-Star launched himself into the air, plowing into Ellie Day as she sat next to her husband.

James said he spoke with Ellie Day while she was being helped by medical personnel during a stoppage in play.

“I squeezed her hand and she said she was OK,” he said. “She was just a little weary.”

Before he was given more information on her, James, who scored 33 points and flirted with a triple-double, was noticeably shaken when he left the floor following the Cavaliers’ win.

“Hopefully, she is doing well,” James said. “The guys told me she’s doing great now. For me, just going for a loose ball, tried to keep the possession going, I just hate that that was the end result.”

Later, James tweeted: “Ellie Day I hope you’re doing okay! My apologies! Hope u guys come back to another game soon. Love LJ!”

James said if she had been pregnant, he would have jumped over the first row of seats.

On Nov. 11, Ellie Day gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl named Lucy.

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