Hawks broadcaster Bob Rathbun was rushed to hospital after suffering an apparent medical emergency live on air Monday night.
Alongside analyst and Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins ahead of their game against the Thunder, Rathbun appeared to be in distress mid-conversation before he was taken to the back of State Farm Arena where he was treated by medical staff.
Bally Sports released a statement, confirming that Rathbun “lost consciousness” before being taken to Emory Midtown for further evaluation.
Bally Sports Southeast’s statement on Hawks Play-by-Play Announcer Bob Rathbun. pic.twitter.com/0llNTuyThz
— Bally Sports South (@BallySportsSO) December 6, 2022
“Prior to tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, play-by-play announcer Bob Rathbun briefly lost consciousness on the court,” the statement read.
“Emergency medical professionals on-site quickly treated Rathbun for dehydration. He is stable, responsive and heading to Emory Midtown for further evaluation.”
I am told that Bob Rathbun was treated by emergency medical professionals for dehydration. He is stable, responsive and is heading to Emory Midtown for further evaluation. https://t.co/lCKgjJhWaZ
— Lauren L. Williams (@WilliamsLaurenL) December 6, 2022
According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Lauren L. Williams, Rathbun was treated at the arena for dehydration, before being taken to the hospital.
Tuesday afternoon, Bally Sports offered a positive update on Rathbun’s well-being, stating that he “is in great spirits”:
Bally Sports play-by-play broadcaster for the Atlanta Hawks, Bob Rathbun, stayed in Emory Midtown Hospital in Atlanta overnight for observation and further tests. As of this morning, all tests were very favorable and Bob is in great spirits. Upon completion of remaining tests, Bob plans to be released from the hostpital later today. Bob’s health is of the utmost concern to Bally Sports and the Atlanta Hawks and he will return to the broadcast booth only after he is well rested and fully recovered.
Check back for more updates on the Hawks’ legendary broadcaster.