UPDATE No. 2: Ellie sent a tweet this afternoon to give an update on her situation. Highlights: She’s okay! She says her whole body feels like it was hit by a truck, and she would compare it to a minor car accident since she is incredibly sore and exhausted. Ellie also addressed the thought that Jason could have stopped the collision: “To the crazies that think Jason should have protected me — if he had had time to react, so would have I. Also, I would have not liked both dudes landing on me.” The full tweet is below.
UPDATE: According to a statement from the Day family, Ellie is resting comfortably after being released from the hospital this morning, but she is suffering concussion symptoms. The full release: “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 [sic] this ordeal. Finally, no hard feelings towards LeBron. ‘He was just doing his job. Go Cavs.'”
Jason Day’s wife, Ellie Day, was taken away on a stretcher from the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game Thursday evening following a loose ball that brought LeBron James diving into the stands.
Sitting courtside, both Jason and Ellie were caught in the middle of the action when James chased a ball headed out-of-bounds late in the fourth quarter. The NBA star saved the ball but crashed head-on into Ellie.
Ellie, who gave birth to the couple’s second child last month, was treated on-site and taken off on a stretcher. TNT’s Craig Sager would later report he saw Ellie smiling and alert. She was later transported to Metro Hospital in Cleveland, according to Tom Withers of the Associated Press. He said Ellie squeezed James’s hand and said she was OK. James was asked about it after the game and later tweeted an apology.
“I was going for a loose ball,” James told ESPN. “Just trying to keep the possession going, and I hate that that was the end result of it.”
Ellie Day I hope you’re doing okay! My apologies! Hope u guys come back to another game soon. Love LJ!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 18, 2015
According to ESPN, a spokeswoman confirmed that Day was released from MetroHealth Medical Center early Friday morning. The Day family released a statement on Friday morning saying Ellie was resting at home after suffering concussion symptoms.
Below are two clips of the scary moment.