Day defends Jason and King James after courtside crash
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[December 19, 2015]
(Reuters) - Ellie Day, wife of
Australian world number two golfer Jason Day, was battered and bruised
but spent Friday defending her husband and LeBron James as she recovers
from a heavy collision with the NBA great.
Ellie suffered concussion symptoms and bumps and bruises after James
accidentally crashed into her while diving for a loose ball during
the Cleveland Cavaliers' win over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder
After being stretchered away from her courtside seat in a neck brace
and admitted to hospital before being released on Friday, she
received an outpouring of support and concern.
“I am okay!! I am incredibly sore and exhausted. Being tackled by
that large man I would compare to a minor car accident. My head and
neck hit pretty hard so it was really scary. My whole body feels
like it was hit by a truck,” Ellie tweeted on Friday.
But there were also factions blaming James and her husband Jason,
who was sitting next to her, for not doing more to protect her, and
Ellie went on the offensive defending them.
“It was so fast. I didn't remember until 2 am seeing the ball come
toward me. It was a blur,” she said.
“To the crazies that think Jason should have protected me - if he
had had time to react, so would have I. Also, I would not have liked
both dudes landing on me. LeBron is huge and had such momentum he
could not have stopped!!
“Third, people are saying it’s a money grab or some crap which is
obviously absurd. Much like attending a golf event and risking
getting hit with a ball, sitting court side you risk getting run
Just five weeks removed from giving birth to the couple's second
child, daughter Lucy, Day was mainly thankful her children were not
at the game. “I am truly touched by the insane outpouring of support
and those of you covering me in prayer,” she said.
“It could have been so much worse. I am thankful for so many things.
One, that I didn't have Lucy on my chest in her carrier, and that I
wasn't still pregnant.
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"Also that Dash (their three-year-old son) wasn't with us.”
After the game, four-time NBA MVP James apologized via twitter and
“Ellie Day I hope you're doing okay! My apologies! Hope u guys come
back to another game soon. Love LJ!,” he tweeted.
The Days live just outside Columbus, Ohio and the PGA Championship
winner has attended Cavaliers games in the past.
Cavs head coach David Blatt said after the game that James "made an
honest attempt" at the basketball, suggesting the fault lay with the
court-level seats. "It's always concerned me, the sideline seats,"
"When you're talking about players of this speed and physicality and
effort level, it's not a simple thing."
(Reporting by Ben Everill in Los Angeles; Editing by Larry Fine)
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