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NBA star LeBron James broke his silence on Thursday after his 18-year-old son, Bronny James, suffered a cardiac arrest during a USC basketball workout this week.
“I want to thank the countless people sending my family love and prayers,” LeBron James wrote on Twitter. “We feel you and I’m so grateful. Everyone doing great. We have our family together, safe and healthy, and we feel your love.”
“Will have more to say when we’re ready but I wanted to tell everyone how much your support has meant to all of us!” he added.
Bronny James was rushed to the hospital by ambulance on Monday after losing consciousness during the cardiac emergency, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was later taken out of the ICU after his condition stabilized.
A spokesperson for the family confirmed the news shortly after news broke about the incident.
“Yesterday while practicing Bronny James suffered a cardiac arrest. Medical staff was able to treat Bronny and take him to the hospital,” the James family spokesperson said at the time. “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,” the spokesperson added.
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who collapsed on the field after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game in January, tweeted Tuesday that he is praying for the James family.
“Prayers to Bronny & The James family as well. 🙏🏽 here for you guys just like you have been for me my entire process,” Hamlin wrote.
Bronny, the eldest child of the NBA star, committed to USC as a four-star recruit and a McDonald’s All-American in high school. He is ranked as the 20th-best player and sixth-best point guard in the class of 2023, according to ESPN. Bronny, who is widely expected to play in the NBA in the coming years, has already signed record-breaking name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals with companies such as Nike, Beats by Dre, and PSD Underwear valued at $7.2 million, Sports Illustrated reported.