Jason Day’s winter break from competitive golf wasn’t as restful as it might have been.
The Day family was thrust back into the headlines in December when Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James chased a loose ball into the stands at Quicken Loans Arena and collided with Jason’s wife Ellie. She was placed in a neck brace, taken from the arena on a stretcher and later diagnosed with a concussion.
Asked about the incident on Wednesday prior to the start of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, Day lamented their bad luck.
“That was the only time I got out of the house in three months and it happened to be on TV,” Day said.
Ellie has since recovered — she travelled to Kapalua with their son Dash and newborn daughter Lucy — but the incident seems to have followed them there. Jason is still addressing criticism that he should have somehow prevented the courtside collision, a contention he (and Ellie) find ridiculous.
“People that think I should have jumped in front of Ellie, they must have the fastest reaction time,” Day said. “I’m trying to learn how to get my arm in front of Ellie every time now. But it’s amazing how quick it happened. I’m not going to stop a 260-pound guy that’s 6-8 running full speed. Ellie took it like a champ, though.”