Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome taken to local hospital after Sunday’s loss
Nestor Aparicio of Baltimore's WNST radio tweeted that after the game he rode in a stadium elevator with Newsome, who was looked ill and was “sweating profusely”. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, security officials were stopping stadium employees from using the hallways to load a person from the Ravens onto an ambulance, pulled up outside the teams’ locker room. A stretcher was reportedly taken out of the side of the locker room so that no one would be able to see what was happening.
Newsome does not have any know medical conditions, so Sunday’s visit to the hospital is largely believed to be for precautionary reason. However, was advised against flying out of Chicago, for the time being. The Baltimore Ravens released the following statement on Newsome’s condition via the team website:
“Ozzie Newsome did not feel well after today's game and a team doctor recommended that Ozzie not fly tonight.”
The 57-year-old Newsome watched the bizarrely long five hours, 16 minutes game against the Bears from the press box on Sunday. The timings stretched out due to a nearly two-hour weather delay in the first quarter after a torrential tornado hit Chicago earlier in the afternoon.
There have been no further updates on Newsome’s condition.
Newsome was promoted to take over the Ravens’ general manager job, to become the NFL’s first African American general manager in 2003. He won two Super Bowls with the Ravens, with one victory coming during tenure as a general manager. The Hall of Fame tight end also played professionally for the Cleveland Browns from 1978 to 1990, and eventually worked his way up to the Browns’ front office in 1991.