- Bronny James, son of NBA superstar LeBron James, reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest during basketball practice at the University of Southern California on Monday. He was immediately rushed to hospital.1
- The 18-year-old was reportedly out of the intensive care unit and in stable condition as of Tuesday.2
- While it’s too early to speculate about the cause of the cardiac arrest, whether Bronny can return to basketball, or how quickly, cardiologist Dr. Sameer Amin believes the teenager’s move out of ICU is “encouraging.”3
- According to the CDC, myocarditis — a rare inflammatory condition affecting the heart — can be a possible side effect of the mRNA vaccine against COVID, especially in young males.4
- LeBron claims his family has been vaccinated against COVID. However, he insists there is no evidence linking his son’s cardiac arrest to the vaccine, despite Elon Musk suggesting otherwise.4
- While an estimated 1 in 1K suffer cardiac arrest annually, the rate among young athletes is between 1 in 50K to 1 in 100K. The cause of cardiac arrest in athletes under 35 is often difficult to determine.5
- Pro-establishment narrative, as provided by The Daily Beast. Anti-vaxxers' have used harmful rhetoric about COVID vaccines, alleging they cause an uptick in myocarditis, so as to promote their anti-science agenda and skepticism of a vaccine that has saved millions of lives. It is reprehensible to use the suffering of a young man to push a dangerous agenda that is based on speculation rather than fact or science.
- Establishment-critical narrative, as provided by OutKick. Whether the establishment likes it or not, it’s fair to question the COVID vaccine’s side effects and to challenge the dominant narrative surrounding the frequency of cardiac arrests in young, healthy individuals. Elon Musk is simply voicing what many people are thinking, and his comments should be met with respectful discourse rather than hysteria.