Basketball legend LeBron James’ eldest son Brony was hospitalized on Monday after suffering a heart attack. James’ family confirmed in an official statement that his condition is satisfactory.
“Bronnie James suffered a heart attack yesterday,” a James family spokesperson said in a statement. “Medical staff were able to treat Bronnie and transport him to the hospital. He is now in stable condition and is no longer in the ICU. We ask the James family for respect and privacy and we will update the media as more information becomes available.
“LeBron and Savannah would like 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,” read the statement.
According to a report TMZ Sports, Broni went into cardiac arrest on Monday morning, followed by an emergency call at 9:26 a.m. from USC’s Galen Center. Following in his father’s footsteps, the 18-year-old was taken to the hospital in an unconscious state.
Broney committed to play for the USC Trojans in May after an outstanding performance in US high school basketball.
His father — the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, four-time NBA champion, and four-time NBA Most Valuable Player — expressed his desire to extend his career to play alongside his son.
Broney could be eligible for the NBA Draft after spending one season with the Trojans, but few analysts have the 18-year-old projected as a top-10 selection in the 2024 NBA Draft.
However, after the Denver Nuggets were eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the LA Lakers, reports surfaced that he was considering retirement from the sport.
After spending 20 seasons in the NBA, ESPN reported that the 38-year-old basketball icon is considering “stepping away” from the sport.
LeBron also kept his fans guessing about his future in a cryptic post-game press conference, where he said he was taking time to think about the next step in his career.
Meanwhile, a similar incident occurred in 2018, when NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal’s son Sheriff was diagnosed with an anomalous right coronary artery, which can lead to chest pain, cardiac arrest or cardiac death.
The 22-year-old later underwent heart surgery and spent a year and a half off the court.