Back in December, Jason Day and his wife, Ellie, sat courtside for the Cleveland Cavaliers-Oklahoma City Thunder game. When you sit courtside, you’re exposed to the risk that comes with it — like 260-lb. professional athletes flying at your face. While attempting to save a loose ball, LeBron James dove into the stands and flattened Ellie. Just steamrolled her. She had to be taken out on a stretcher and was diagnosed with a concussion.
She turned out to be okay, thankfully. Jason Day took a little hit as white knights around the country wondered why Jason didn’t save his wife from the large man that is King James. Many folks thought he should have done more to protect her. So, why didn’t he? Well, when speaking with the media before the start of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Wednesday, he addressed the incident and answered that question.
From FTW USA Today:
“It happened so quick, I’m going to do that? I’m not going to stop a 260-pound guy that’s 6-8 running full speed. Ellie took it like a champ, though.
LeBron James is running full speed at your wife. You have two options: protect her, or protect yourself. What do you do? If you’re a pro athlete like Jason Day who relies on his body to make the money for the family, then you move out of the way 100 times out of 100. Yeah, your wife is going to get bulldozed and publicly embarrassed and possibly even injured very seriously, but you know what isn’t taking a hit? Your 2016 earning potential.
All I’m saying is that Jason Day saw Bron Bron barreling down at him and his 2016 season flashed before his eyes. And being fickle already with vertigo, he thought that if he gets trucked and gets hurt, there goes the moneymaker. He’s pissed, his wife is pissed because there is no money coming in, and their kid is pissed because Christmas next year will suck. Leader in the clubhouse for husband of the year.
Side note: Spieth starting 2016 hot..
[via FTW USA Today]
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