On Monday, LeBron James was spotted arriving at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after his 18-year-old son, Bronny James, experienced a cardiac arrest.
TSZ Newz received exclusive photographs of the Lakers player heading into the hospital wearing gray sweat shorts and a white graphic T-shirt.
The 38-year-old appeared to try to blend in by wearing a baseball hat and face mask while carrying a little circular bag and an iPad.
LeBron, who arrived at the hospital in a black SUV, gave photographers a peace sign as he ducked into the building with one of his buddies.
This is the first time the NBA star has been seen since his eldest son was rushed to the hospital on Monday after collapsing during basketball practice at the University of Southern California.
According to a spokeswoman for the James family, the student-athlete has subsequently been released to general care.
“Yesterday while practicing Bronny James suffered a cardiac arrest. Medical staff was able to treat Bronny and take him to the hospital. He is now in stable condition and no longer in ICU,” the reps stated.
“We ask for respect and privacy for the James family, and we will update the media when there is more information.”
LeBron and his wife, Savannah James, finished the statement by thanking USC medical and athletic staff for their “incredible work and dedication” to ensuring athlete safety.
The American Heart Association defines cardiac arrest as when the heart “malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly.” This is distinct from a heart attack, which occurs when the blood supply to the organ is obstructed.
Several sports stars and celebrities have expressed their condolences to the family in the aftermath of the incident.
“Prayers to Bronny & The James family as well here for you guys just like you have been for me my entire process,” Buffalo Bills star Damar Hamlin tweeted Tuesday, referring to his own experience with cardiac arrest six months before.
Meanwhile, Stephen A. Smith, a sports analyst, informed his viewers that he was “scared to death” about the situation.
“I’m just thankful, thank the good Lord, that he’s doing OK and whatever caused this is something they will identify and alleviate as soon as possible so he can restore his life,” Smith said Tuesday on “First Take.”
“If you know anything about LeBron James, you can say whatever you want, people can be critical, but nobody debates what a loving, wonderful father he is and how much he loves his children, especially Bronny,” he continued.
Bronny’s younger brother, Bryce James, also shared a snapshot of himself and the USC student standing side by side on his Instagram Story, which he captioned with a simple red heart emoji.
While it is unclear how Bronny’s ability to play basketball in the future would be affected by this cardiac arrest, he is likely to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Indeed, LeBron once stated that he would do “whatever it takes” to play in the same NBA club as his kid, who was regarded as ESPN’s No. 20 recruit.
“My last year will be with my son. Wherever Bronny’s at, that’s where I’ll be,” LeBron told the Athletic in February 2022.
“I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”