Andre Drummond made the greatest save of his life, but it wasn’t a ball he was handling. The 28-year-old NBA star saved his 2-year-old son Deon from drowning in their pool. A video posted by Drummond on his Twitter feed shows the amazing rescue in action.
“Not all heroes wear capes,” the NBA player captioned the incredible video. He followed it up with two face-palm emojis. “A parent’s worst nightmare… Feat my son & I.”
While no one was harmed in the video, Drummond was forced to bust out his ultra-fast reflexes in order to keep his young son from drowning. The video, documented on Drummond’s Ring video camera, shows his son, Deon, diving head-first into the pool. The terrifying moment lasted all but a second before Deon’s superstar father went diving in after him.
Fully clothed, Andre Drummond jumped into his pool and pulled out Deon. The young boy was coughing violently. Drummond handed him off to someone outside the pool who helped get Deon’s breathing under control. Within a few moments, the backyard was filled with laughter once everyone knew the toddler was safe.
“You really smiling?” a woman screamed, pointing at Deon. Although the boy almost drowned, he seemed to be in good spirits. “He’s smiling!”
The woman then asked if Andre Drummond is “alright” to which the NBA star laughed and responded with a calm: “Yeah.”
“Deon!” the woman screamed to Drummond’s kid. She then explained to the boy that “we don’t do that.” Deon then attempts to book it back into the pool but another adult holds him back. What could have been a tragic accident turned out to be a tale for the ages. Now Andre Drummond can put more than “basketball player” on his resume. He can say he’s a hero, too.
Despite his heroics, people on social media were quick to demean Drummond’s parenting style. Though Drummond was adamant that “no one was harmed in this video,” many replies claimed that the NBA star is not a hero at all but is instead a very bad parent.
“Dumbest video I’ve ever seen,” one Twitter user commented “First, Dre captioned this all wrong. Second, let your baby sit on the edge of a pool this is bound to happen. Good job ‘hero.’”
A few people agreed with the response. One said that “this is exactly right.” The Twitter user claimed that “I think it’s almost a setup. If your kid can’t swim, you don’t let him sit by the pool with nobody right next to him. What kinda s–t is that? And ol’ girl in the hot tub didn’t bother putting her phone down. Almost like she knew Drummond was coming.”
Despite the negative sentiment, many fans were quick to congratulate Drummond on his epic save. “It’s crazy how some of y’all act like accidents don’t happen sometimes,” another commenter wrote in response to the haters. “I’m pretty sure some of y’all kids had some bad falls due to lack of supervision! Nun the less he still saved his child.”
Besides saving Deon from drowning, Andre Drummond is an NBA champ with an impressive record. The 6’10”, 280-pound player recently signed with the Philadelphia 76ers after a single season with Los Angeles Lakers. Most of his time, however, was spent in Detroit. Drummond played eight years for the Pistons. Now he’s serving as the backup to All-Star center Joel Embiid for the Sixers.
Andre Drummond didn’t let fear stop Deon from having a good time. The NBA star showed off Deon’s wicked swimming skills on his Instagram story on Wednesday, August 11 – floaties on, of course!