Golfer Jason Day was sitting courtside with his wife, Ellie, at Thursday’s contest between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena when LeBron James came crashing into their section of the crowd while chasing a loose ball.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com, Day’s wife was “taken off the court on a stretcher with her head stabilized in a brace” after the incident. Chris Fedor of Northeast Ohio Media Group noted there was a stoppage in play as she was removed from the arena.
Bleacher Report shared the clip:
Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com added she was talking on the stretcher as Jason left with her.
On Saturday, Ellie released a statement on Twitter regarding the incident:
The Cleveland Cavaliers actually shared a photo of Ellie and Jason earlier in the game:
Windhorst said she was “transported to a local hospital for treatment. She and Jason have a home in Columbus and regularly attend Cavs games.” After the contest, James confirmed Ellie was "doing well," per Windhorst.
Windhorst and McMenamin added Ellie was released early Friday morning from the hospital. She and Day had their second child in November.
The family released a statement later in the day, via to Sean Zak of Golf.com:
"Ellie has been suffering from concussion symptoms after she was accidentally run over at courtside last night by Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James. She is resting comfortably and appreciates all of those who have reached out and are concerned about her. She wants to send a special thanks to her doctors, the emergency medical staff and the entire Cleveland Cavaliers organization who helped her thru this ordeal. Finally, no hard feelings towards LeBron. “He was just doing his job. Go Cavs."
LeBron would go on to issue an apology to Ellie on Twitter:
The Cavaliers beat the Thunder 104-100, and James finished with 33 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.