Jason Day discusses wife getting bowled over by LeBron James
A frightening scene played out during a Cleveland Cavaliers game at Quicken Loans Arena in December when Ellie Day, the wife of PGA Tour superstar Jason Day, was absolutely demolished when LeBron James bowled her over while diving for a loose ball (video here).
Day received some unwarranted criticism for apparently not doing more to protect his wife in the split second he had to react before James leveled her. He discussed the frightening incident this week from Hawaii, where he is competing in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
“It happened so quick. I’m going to do that?” he said, via ESPN. “I’m not going to stop a 260-pound guy that’s 6-8 running full-speed. Ellie [Day] took it like a champ, though. Once I saw her, she was on the ground, she was kind of freaking out a little bit about her neck, and once they started doing the test on her — she’s moving her legs, hands, feet, arms — I knew everything was going to be OK. She had post-concussion symptoms.”
Day suffered “concussion symptoms” due to the violent collision and was taken out of the arena on a stretcher with her neck immobilized. She was hospitalized overnight but was released from MetroHealth Medical Center the following morning.
Day’s agent issued a statement the day of her release saying Ellie bore no hard feeling towards James, saying she indicated the NBA superstar “was just doing his job.”
Day herself later took to Twitter to defend her husband.
This! @JDayGolf @KingJames we good! ?? pic.twitter.com/1cYjOuBxdv
— Ellie Day (@ellielaneday) December 18, 2015
“To the crazies that think Jason should have protected me — if he had had time to react, so would have I,” she tweeted. “Also, I would have not liked both dudes landing on me.”