(NEXSTAR) – The longtime announcer for the Atlanta Hawks appeared to suffer an on-air medical episode before Monday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Bob Rathbun, a broadcaster for the Bally Sports network and the play-by-play announcer for the Hawks since the mid-90s, was discussing Monday’s matchup with former Hawks star Dominique Wilkins when he appeared to fall back in his chair and begin convulsing, as seen in an on-air clip shared widely on Twitter.
Wilkins, also a color commentator on Bally Sports, stopped mid-sentence upon seeing his colleague, the clip shows. The camera then cut away from Rathbun and Wilkins to a shot of the court at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena.
Off-screen, a voice could also be heard saying, “Oh, my god!” right after the cutaway, according to one video shared on YouTube.
Bally Sports South issued a statement shortly after the incident, confirming Rathbun was transported to a nearby hospital.
“Prior to tonight’s game against Oklahoma City Thunder, play-by-play announcer Bob Rathbun briefly lost consciousness on the court,” the network wrote. “Emergency medical professionals on-site treated Rathbun for dehydration. He is stable, responsive and heading to Emory Midtown for further evaluation.”
A representative for Bally Sports was not immediately available for an update on Rathbun’s condition as of Tuesday morning.
The Thunder, meanwhile, beat the Hawks 121-114 on Monday night, rallying from a 14-point deficit to overtake Atlanta in the third quarter, Nexstar’s KFOR reported.
The Hawks are next scheduled to play the Knicks on Wednesday.