Elon Musk reacts to news of Bronnie James’ cardiac arrest

Elon Musk reacts to news of Bronnie James’ cardiac arrest

 

Elon Musk

Twitter owner Elon Musk seized on reports that Lebron James Jr. suffered cardiac arrest during a basketball practice to spread conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 vaccine.

“We cannot ascribe everything to the vaccine, but, by the same token, we cannot ascribe nothing,” Musk wrote in response to a tweet about the incident. “Myocarditis is a known side-effect. The only question is whether it is rare or common.”



We cannot ascribe everything to the vaccine, but, by the same token, we cannot ascribe nothing.

Myocarditis is a known side-effect. The only question is whether it is rare or common.

James Jr. is the son of basketball legend LeBron James. He was practicing with the University of Southern California on Monday when he experienced the cardiac incident. On Tuesday morning, a spokesperson for James family issues a statement informing the family that James Jr., who goes by “Bronny,” had been hospitalized on Monday.



Yesterday while practicing Bronny James suffered a cardiac arrest. Medical staff was able to treat Bronny and take him to the hospital. He is now in stable condition and no longer in ICU,” the statement read.

“We ask for respect and privacy for the James family and we will update media when there is more information. LeBron and Savannah wish to publicly send their deepest thanks and appreciation to the USC medical and athletic staff for their incredible work and dedication to the safety of their athletes,” the statement added.

Attempts to link cardiac incidents to Covid vaccines wildly misrepresent the actual findings of researchers and medical professionals. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), besides being extremely rare, “the overall risk of myocarditis – inflammation of the heart muscle – is substantially higher immediately after being infected with COVID-19 than it is in the weeks following vaccination for the coronavirus.”

Yet Musk was not alone in suggesting a link between Bronny’s cardiac arrest and Covid vaccines. Professional troll Benny Johnson tweeted to his almost two million followers that while he is “not a doctor,” he felt that “it is NOT NORMAL for thousands of healthy teenage athletes to be collapsing – some dying – from cardiac arrest. Now ask: Why?” The claim that thousands of athletes are collapsing suddenly has become a widespread talking point for anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, and it couldn’t be more false.



One America News’ former White House Correspondent Emerald Robinson claimed that she had predicted that an “iceberg is coming for American politics: the COVID vaccines.”

“Today, LeBron James’ son collapsed. 2 days ago, the famous singer Tori Kelly collapsed. 3 days ago, the famous soccer player Shaka Hislop collapsed on live TV. We’ve hit it,” she wrote.

None of the figures named by Robinson have indicated their medical issues were related to a vaccination. Kelly suffered from the effects of a blood clot, and Hislop — who briefly fainted while covering a soccer match — has since called the incident an “awkward” moment.

Kirk was also one of the figures spreading vaccine conspiracy theories in the aftermath of the collapse and near death of Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin in January of this year. Following his recovery, Hamlin publicly stated that the cause of his cardiac arrest was a rare case of Commotio Cordis, a disruption of the heart rhythm following a physical impact or blow.

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