President Joe Biden, and several other staffers and visitors at the White House, were visibly shaken earlier in the week when a basketball player collapsed.
According to the Daily Caller, during Biden's remarks in front of the Louisiana State University (LSU) women’s basketball team, one of the players, Tigers forward Sa’Myah Smith, suddenly collapsed, causing the room to reportedly devolve into "chaos."
The team was invited to the White House to celebrate winning the 2023 NCAA Championship.
The situation unfolded on the White House's video feed. Immediately after Smith collapsed to the floor, several people could be heard asking if she was ok while White House staffers, including Secret Service agents, rushed to the front of the room where the incident occurred. Biden attempted to calm the room but clearly failed.
"Folks, it’s ok," the elderly president said, right before the White House cut the live video feed.
Biden visibly stunned as woman collapses during White House LSU Championship Visit pic.twitter.com/dDHSaYLZmw
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 26, 2023
The woman who collapsed was taken to the East Room, presumably for treatment, several moments later. Biden then made an especially awkward comment when the ceremony resumed.
"This is not the first time this has happened. Not to her but to a lot of folks standing up on this stage," the president said. "White House guests have fainted in the past and required a checkup at a doctor’s office built into the executive mansion."
Before the team's visit, there was controversy surrounding the invite, with early speculation that the team would decline the invitation.
Fox News noted: "There had been some uncertainty about LSU's visit to Washington after first lady Jill Biden previously suggested the Iowa women's basketball team also receive an invitation to the White House."
The idea of suggesting that the runner-up in the contest would be invited to the White House sparked anger, as it has never been done before. Jill Biden's remarks caused uproar across the sports world and on social media at the time.
The first lady tweeted a video this week commending the team.
Congratulations once again, LSU Tigers!
You showed us what it means to be a champion. 💕 pic.twitter.com/huFw1Fqgac
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) May 26, 2023
Thankfully, Smith is expected to be fine and suffered no serious injuries from the scary medical incident.