On January 3, 2023, Damar Hamlin, a defensive back for the Buffalo Bills, collapsed on the field during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Now, another athlete, Imo Essien has collapsed mid game.
Another day, another unidentified factor causes an athlete to pass out during a game.
Another athlete has collapsed under what seem to be unexplained circumstances, just days after Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills required CPR on the field after collapsing after a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Imo Essien, an Old Dominion basketball player who collapsed in the midst of a game this past weekend, “had to be tended to by training staff from both ODU and Georgia Southern” according to WAVY.
The report states that he “did not appear to lose consciousness” and that he was eventually assisted in leaving the court on his own. “Members of the Old Dominion men’s basketball team watched in shock,” WAVY wrote.
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“Many held back tears,” one account wrote.
Old Dominion said in a statement: “He was responsive throughout and was able to sit with team for the duration of the game and travel back with the team. He is in good spirits and will work with the ODU Sports Medicine staff when they return to Norfolk.”
Essien appeared to be on the floor gripping his chest in the video. Old Dominion has not released any further information yet.
On January 3, 2021, Damar Hamlin, a defensive back for the Buffalo Bills, collapsed on the field during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. CPR was administered for nine minutes before Hamlin’s heartbeat was restored, and he was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further testing and treatment. The question of did Damar Hamlin actually suffer from vaccine-induced myocarditis is in the back of people’s minds.