Atlanta Hawks announcer Bob Rathbun suffers medical emergency on-air


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Atlanta Hawks announcer Bob Rathbun suffers medical emergency on-air

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Atlanta Hawks announcer Bob Rathbun was hospitalized after losing consciousness on the air.

Video of the incident shows Rathbun, 68, talking with analyst and NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins before suddenly seizing up, slumping back in his seat, and dropping his papers and microphone. The other announcer was at first unaware until the camera cut away. The incident occurred just before the game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks. The announcer is currently stable and in the hospital, a statement from Bally Sports Southeast said.

“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.”


Fellow Bally Sports sportscaster Kelly Crull thanked fans for their concern and support for Rathbun, assuring everyone that he was being taken care of.

“For those watching Hawks tonight, thank you for your grace & keep prayers coming. Our partner Bob Rathbun briefly lost consciousness on the court. Emergency medical professionals quickly treated him for dehydration-he is stable, responsive & @ Emory Midtown for further evaluation,” she tweeted.


Rathbun has been an announcer with the Atlanta Hawks since 1996.

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