King James issues royal pardon after clash with golfer's wife

Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:52am EST
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(Reuters) - Cleveland forward LeBron James apologized to the wife of Australian golfer Jason Day after a court-side collision forced her out of the Quicken Loans Arena on a stretcher at the end of Thursday's win over Oklahoma City.

Ellie Day was sitting front-row with her U.S. PGA Championship-winning husband when James dived for a loose ball with three minutes remaining in the 104-100 win over the Thunder.

James saved the ball from going out-of-bounds, but crashed head-first into Day, who remained on the side-line for a few minutes while receiving medical attention.

She was fitted with a brace around her neck and head while being removed from the arena on a stretcher and was taken to hospital in an ambulance accompanied by her husband.

"Ellie Day I hope you're doing okay! My apologies! Hope u guys come back to another game soon. Love LJ!" James tweeted.

James said he had been told her condition was sound.

"The guys told us she's doing great now,” the 250-pound (113 kg) forward told reporters.

"I was going for a loose ball trying to keep the possession going and I hate that was the end result of it. Obviously her health is very important."

The clash tempered a triumphant night for James, who scored 33 points, passed for 11 assists and grabbed nine rebounds as the Cavaliers ended the Thunder's six-game winning streak.   Continued...

Dec 17, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Jason Day, black shirt, reacts after his wife Ellie Day was run over while sitting in the front row by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) in the fourth quarter of a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports