Bronny James is one of the top prospects in high-school basketball, and any game he plays gets the world’s attention. Recently, a game he played over the weekend in Washington, D.C., experienced a scare of epic proportions. The oldest child of NBA great LeBron James and his wife Savannah was rushed off the court after fans in the arena believed someone had a gun.
On Saturday night, Oct. 29, the Southern California basketball powerhouse Sierra Canyon had a preseason game against a private school in Prince George’s County, Maryland: DeMatha Catholic. The game was part of a big showcase event in Washington, D.C., at Wise High School in Maryland. The two teams were in a tight battle, with DeMatha leading 52-51; however, the game took a shocking turn of events and had to be canceled when chaos broke out in the stands close to the end of the game.
Someone allegedly pulled a gun out at Bronny’s game last night. Pray everyone is ok 👀🙏 https://t.co/c0bEfb3lfY
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) October 30, 2022
According to reports, fans in attendance saw an altercation, and many believed a gun had been pulled. Someone reportedly yelled “gun,” alarming the whole gymnasium. Once the word spread that a firearm was potentially in the building, the coaches and players, including Bronny, exited in a panic. A video of the incident has gone viral and showed the audience and players rushing to the exit doors.
However, police said they got to the scene and, after a “thorough search,” “did not locate a firearm.” A police spokesperson also added that “there were no injuries.”
“Out of an abundance of caution,” DeMatha head coach Mike G. Jones III said the two teams did not come out to finish the game.
Bronny made a statement on his social media page after the game that “high schoolers can’t even hoop in peace now a days.”
There was no scheduled game rebooking, and the two teams did not play on Sunday following the incident. Paragon Marketing Group, the event organizers, decided to cancel the game.
Bronny gets dunked on by Cris Mcelveen💀💀 pic.twitter.com/FMnUXoRcZA
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“Given the incident in the stands tonight during the CBC vs. Stags game at Wise High School, we have canceled Sunday’s event,” said Rashid Ghazi, president of Paragon Marketing Group, in a statement to Basketball News. “We are making the decision out of the utmost of caution to ensure player and fan safety. Refunds will be available via Go Fan.”
LeBron James has yet to make a statement on the incident.
Bronny James has already been scouted by plenty of colleges. The senior at Sierra Canyon will likely be a first or second go-to option for multiple colleges recruiting him. There is a strong feeling that James will attend either UCLA, USC, Michigan, Ohio State or Oregon.
While Bronny has yet to decide what his post-high school plans will be, there is a good sense that Bronny will attend college over playing professionally overseas or in the G League like other successful basketball players have.