- A Florida basketball player collapsed on the hardwood unprovoked during the Gators’ matchup against the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday.
- Keyontae Johnson was placed in a medically induced coma after the scary incident, his grandfather told USA Today.
- On Tuesday, the Florida program announced that Johnson is “breathing on his own and speaking,” noting that he even FaceTimed with his Gators teammates.
- It’s unclear whether or not his condition is related to COVID-19, or if the 6-foot-5 junior has ever had the coronavirus.
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A scary scene left one Florida Gators men’s basketball star in critical condition and, according to his grandfather, in a medically induced coma following an on-court incident.
But a Tuesday afternoon update from the Florida program suggests that Johnson is now “breathing on his own and speaking,” noting that he even FaceTimed with his Gators teammates.
During the first half of the Florida’s Saturday matchup against the Florida State Seminoles, Gators forward and SEC Preseason Player of the Year Keyontae Johnson collapsed seemingly unprovoked after coming out of a timeout. The jarring moment saw Florida’s leading scorer falling face down onto the hardwood with a thud and his teammates frantically calling for help.
Shortly thereafter, Johnson was carted out of the gym on a stretcher and brought to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for further medical attention. But even as the game continued â€” a decision FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said was made by the Gators’ staff â€” players from both sides, particularly his teammates, were visibly shaken by what had transpired.
The footage of the players watching Keyontae Johnson get carted off… Absolutely no idea how they were able to physically play the rest of that game pic.twitter.com/Ztmo030VZG
— Ben Murphy WTSP (@BenMurphyTV) December 12, 2020
On Monday, the official Twitter account for Florida’s men’s basketball program announced that Johnson had been transferred to UF Health in Gainesville and that he was in “critical but stable condition.” But Johnson’s grandfather, Larry DeJarnett, told USA Today that his 21-year-old grandson was placed in a medically induced coma.
“They’re just not sure,” DeJarnett told USA Today. “He may have had activity in the brain, so they induced the coma. They put him on medication to keep him sedated.”
But he’s since come to, his parents told the team on Tuesday while expressing their gratitude for all of the well wishes sent their son’s way.
It remains unclear what caused Johnson’s sudden and terrifying collapse. The Gators halted team activities as much of the squad was placed in quarantine following positive COVID-19 tests in their ranks, but the program did not disclose whether its star was one of the players to test positive. DeJarnett wasn’t even sure whether or not his grandson had ever been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
“I know that there was some of the times when some of the team was quarantined, yes,” DeJarnett confirmed to USA Today on a call. “I don’t know if he was one of them or not.”
Florida will next take the floor on Wednesday against the North Florida Ospreys, and the Gators will all but certainly be without their star for the foreseeable future.
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