A player for a North Carolina youth basketball team collapsed on the court at a tournament in Virginia and died.
James Hampton played for Team United out of Charlotte, North Carolina, and was at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League event in Hampton, Virginia.
Team United director Jacoby Davis told The Charlotte Observer that Hampton, who suffered seizures in the past, was running and turned to say something to a referee Saturday night when he collapsed in the second half.
Scottie Pippen, whose son was playing in the tournament for another team, was at the event and also expressed his sorrow on social media.
Emotional day at Nike EYBL in Virginia after the passing of James Hampton. My thoughts go out to the young man’s family, friends and teammates. RIP, James. 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/E2fhTIHCqA
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) May 27, 2018
Nothing is worse than when someone dies during a sporting event. Such a tragedy.