A scary incident in last night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder has raised new questions about court side safety.
Cavs star LeBron James, chasing to keep the ball inbounds, collided with a female sitting in one of the highly coveted courtside seats, sending her crashing to the ground and in need of medical attention.
As reported by TNT at the time, the woman who felt the full force of the 249 lbs superstar was Ellie Day, the wife of Australian golfer Jason Day. Scroll down this article to see footage of the dramatic accident.
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After being taken from the side of the Quickens Loan Arena court on a stretcher, Mrs. Day was transported to a nearby hospital but, fortunately, it appears that she hasn't suffered any major damage as she was released late on Thursday night.
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James, speaking after the 104-100 win for Cleveland, expressed his concern for her wellbeing:
"Obviously, her health is very important and, hopefully, she’s doing well. The guys told us she’s doing great now. Going for a loose ball, I was just trying to keep the possession going and I hate that that was the end result of it."
The four-time MVP later tweeted a message to Ellie and Jason Day offering his apologies:
Meanwhile, James' head coach, David Blatt, used the incident to discuss the wider issue of fan safety at NBA games:
“It’s always concerned me, the sideline seats,” he said.
“Always concerned me, because things like that, when you’re talking about players of this speed and physicality and effort level, it’s not a simple thing."
NBA fans: Do you think it is dangerous having fans so close to the court? Have your say in the comments below...