Update: Elon Musk suggested that Bronny James’s cardiac arrest on Monday was caused by the COVID mRNA vaccine.
Bronny, 18, collapsed when his heart stopped during basketball practice inside an air-conditioned gym at USC.
USC’s medical staff restored Bronny’s heart rhythym and he was rushed to a medical center where he was admitted to an ICU.
He is now out of ICU and listed in stable condition, according to a statement by a family spokesperson.
Elon, who purchased Twitter for $44 billion last year, tweeted Tuesday: “We cannot ascribe everything to the vaccine, but, by the same token, we cannot ascribe nothing. Myocarditis is a known side-effect. The only question is whether it is rare or common.”
Twitter users added “context” to Elon’s tweet. They claimed studies show that risk of myocarditis is higher after a Covid infection.
We cannot ascribe everything to the vaccine, but, by the same token, we cannot ascribe nothing.
Myocarditis is a known side-effect. The only question is whether it is rare or common.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 25, 2023
LeBron James confirmed he and his family were vaccinated against Covid-19 in 2021. It isn’t clear if anyone in his family tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.
In related news, ESPN sports analyst Stephen A. Smith said he was scared to death for Bronny.
“I’m just thankful, thank the good Lord, that he’s doing OK and whatever caused this is something they will identify and alleviate as soon as possible so he can restore his life,” Smith said Tuesday during “First Take.”
“When you hear that, it scares you to death because these are the kinds of things that are an anomaly but nevertheless are incredibly possible,” Smith added.
NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal’s son Shareef O’Neal was diagnosed with a genetic heart defect that was discovered during a routine physical exam at UCLA in 2018.
Shareef, son of Shaq and Shaunie O’Neal, underwent open heart surgery to repair the coronary defect in his heart.
He returned to UCLA months later, and he is currently playing in the NBA’s G-League.
No such heart defect was found during Bronny’s routine physical at USC.
Originally published on: July 25, 2023 at 11:13 AM:
LeBron James’ eldest son Bronny James suffered a cardiac arrest during basketball practice at USC on Monday (July 24), a family spokesperson said on Tuesday.
Bronny, 18, was rushed to a local hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. He is now out of ICU and is listed in stable condition, according to the statement.
“Yesterday while practicing, Bronny James suffered a cardiac arrest,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Medical staff was able to treat Bronny and take him to the hospital. He is now in stable condition and no longer in ICU. We ask for respect and privacy for the James family, and we will update media when there is more information. 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.”
Bronny is a 6-ft-3, four-star recruit and is a potential lottery pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. He signed with the Trojans this off-season.
Bronny played high school basketball for Sierra Canyon, a private school in Los Angeles.
He is the latest athlete to suffer a cardiac arrest, stroke, or blood clots since 2020.
Singer Tori Kelly, 30, is reportedly in an ICU after suffering blood clots in her lungs and legs.
Lakers star LeBron James, 38, and his wife Savannah James also share a son, Bryce James, 16, and a daughter, Zhuri James, 8.