News & ToursDecember 18, 2015

Stop blaming Jason Day for his wife getting run over by LeBron James

LeBron James running over Jason Day's wife on Thursday night at the Cleveland Cavaliers game has thrown golf into the national headlines in unfamiliar fashion.

On a slow sports day, clips of Ellie Day getting bowled over by James have been playing on news channels all morning. Some people have even went as far to point blame at this year's PGA Championship winner for not doing more to protect Ellie.

To which we say, 'C'mon, really?'

Sure, it does look like Jason moves to his right to avoid James. But what could Jason really have done?

Even if Jason tried to throw his body in front of Ellie, it would've been the same result. A sprinting, 6-foot-8, 260-pound LeBron James isn't going to be easily stopped by a stationary Jason Day with two seconds to react.

Day took the fall schedule off to spend time with newborn daughter, Lucy, and to rest a bad back. A golfer with a bad back against one of the best athletes in the world? Easy choice there.

Equating Ben Hogan's car crash to this collision between Day's wife and LeBron is not an apples-to-apples comparison. Either way, it looks like Ellie is going to be OK, which is really all that matters.

Related: Jason Day on how to get your kid started in golf.


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