Essien said he had trouble breathing. “It was very hard to breathe. I felt like I couldn’t catch my wind and at the end there, right before I went down, it just felt like all my wind was gone,” he said.
ANOTHER PLAYER COLLAPSEOld Dominion Guard Imo Essien collapses untouched, for unknown reason. He was able to return to the bench, but local news outlets reporting he is set to visit a cardiologist. pic.twitter.com/RHcnxNPQph — The HighWire (@HighWireTalk) January 8, 2023
Essien’s coach, Jeff Jacobs, said the collapse of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin on “Monday Night Football” on Jan. 2 made the situation all the more frightening. “It was scary as hell. Particularly in light of the Hamlin situation happening so recently, I think the worst kind of flashed through everybody’s minds,” Jacobs told The Virginian-Pilot. “Obviously we had Imo in our minds, trying to coach a game and trying to comfort the players all at one time,” Jones said. “That was something that I hope I never have to deal with again.” [firefly_poll] There is still no definitive ruling on what caused Essien to collapse. He visited with a cardiologist on Monday. Although Essien participated in practice Tuesday, games are still off-limits. “I’m waiting until the cardiologist, the pulmonologist and whoever the heck else it is … if they all give the thumbs up then that’s great. If they want to wait, then we wait,” Jones told WTKR. Essien admitted to being antsy to play again with his teammates. [ic_related] “I’m jealous of these guys. These guys get to go out there and play ball. They get to play and compete against somebody else and I wish I could be doing that, but at the same time I understand what just happened. I understand the seriousness of a situation,” he told the station. The Western Journal.
Awesome to see @imo_essien back at practice today. He can’t do any live basketball stuff, but can take part in drills and work up a sweat as he awaits results and news from a number of different specialists. He chatted with us and described Saturday.@WTKR3 @ODU_MBB pic.twitter.com/u2yA8zfcqc— Marc Davis (@marcdavissports) January 10, 2023