Medical Emergency Shakes Chiefs Kingdom as BJ Thompson Suffers Seizure and Cardiac Arrest

Medical Emergency Shakes Chiefs Kingdom as BJ Thompson Suffers Seizure and Cardiac Arrest

Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman BJ Thompson suffered a seizure and cardiac arrest on June 6, leading to the cancellation of team activities. Now in stable condition, the incident occurred during a special team’s meeting, causing the postponement of voluntary training.

A medical emergency has struck the Chiefs Kingdom.

On June 6, Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman BJ Thompson experienced a seizure and went into cardiac arrest, prompting the NFL team to cancel their scheduled activities for the day, according to multiple sources.

The incident occurred during a special team’s meeting, as reported by NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, citing sources. Chiefs medical staff treated Thompson, and an ambulance was called to the scene.

The 27-year-old is now in stable condition, per Pelissero.

The Chiefs were set to complete the final round of voluntary training on the day of Thompson’s medical emergency, but practice has been postponed until June 7, a team spokesperson told the Associated Press.

Thompson, who joined the Chiefs in 2023 as a fifth-round draft pick, played college football at Baylor University and Stephen F. Austin State University before his NFL career.

This offseason has been eventful for the Chiefs, who won the 2024 Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers in February. Alongside tight end Travis Kelce’s ongoing romance with Taylor Swift, kicker Harrison Butker made headlines last month for sharing controversial views on women and the LGBTQ+ community in a Benedictine College commencement speech.

Several teammates spoke out amid the controversy, with quarterback Patrick Mahomes stating he would rather “judge him by the character he shows every single day” than by his speech. “But I understand the person that he is and he’s trying to what he can to lead people in the right direction,” Mahomes told reporters on May 22. “That might not be the same values as I have, but at the same time, I’m going to judge him by the character that he shows every single day.”

Butker later defended himself against what he called a “shocking level of hate” against his views. “In my seven years in the NFL, I’ve become familiar with the positive and negative comments, but the majority of them revolve around my performance on the field,” he said at the Courage Under Fire Gala on May 24. “But as to be expected, the more I’ve talked about what I value most, which is my Catholic faith, the more polarizing I have become.”

Butker added, “It’s a decision I’ve consciously made and one I do not regret at all.”

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