Ellie Day defends Jason and King James after courtside crash

Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:51pm EST
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(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 on Thursday.

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 into."

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.   Continued...

Dec 17, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Ellie Day, wife of golfer Jason Day (not pictured), leaves the arena on a stretcher after she was run into by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (not pictured) while she sat in the front row during a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports