There has been speculation for weeks about what really happened to Bronny James. As some may recall, James collapsed on the basketball court, going into cardiac arrest.
If it wasn’t for quick thinking, James could have died. Now, James’ condition has been revealed.
According to doctors and his family, he has a congenital heart defect that can be treated. James’ family believes he can still play again despite his condition.
“It is an anatomically and functionally significant Congenital Heart Defect which can and will be treated,” a statement released by the family said.
“We are very confident in Bronny’s full recovery and return to basketball in the very near future. We will continue to provide updates to media and respectfully reiterate the family’s request for privacy.”
The younger James has spent the last few weeks being evaluated by doctors at the Mayo Clinic and other medical facilities nationwide.
A basketball player with a significant heart condition is not unheard of. Hank Gathers, who played for Loyola Marymount in the early 1990s, died on the court because of an irregular heartbeat.
Gathers was prescribed medication to help with his condition, but he felt it affected his play on the court. Despite the school knowing about this condition, he was still allowed to play, which later cost him his life.
His family sued the school, and they settled out of court. USC should consider all factors involved before letting James play for them again.