Atlanta Hawks NBA sports commentator Bob Rathburn appeared to suffer from a sudden medical emergency during a live broadcast Monday night and had to be hospitalized after passing out court-side.

Sixty-Eight-year-old Rathburn has been the voice of the Atlanta Hawks since 1996 and is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster.
Rathbun was working with co-host Dominique Wilkins and listening to his analysis of the upcoming game when he suddenly began twitching, leaning back in his seat. The Hawks issued a statement via Bally Sports South saying that Rathbun was “stable and responsive” and being treated for dehydration at Emory Midtown Hospital in Atlanta.


On Tuesday, Bally Sports South tweeted an update saying Rathburn 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 the remaining tests, Bob plans to be released from the hospital 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.

Twitter user Kelly Crull posted a follow-up tweet, “Great news everyone…just heard from our friend Bob Rathburn who assured me he is feeling much better, just physically exhausted. He’s hoping to be released from the hospital shortly and then he’ll be home resting. Keep those prayers coming and let’s get Bob back on his feet asap.”

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