Florida’s Keyontae Johnson in stable condition, breathing on own, talking
The Florida men’s basketball program and sporting world at large received some good news on Tuesday afternoon. Gators forward Keyontae Johnson is in stable condition after being placed in a medically induced coma on Monday.
The team issued a statement on behalf of Johnson’s parents, Nika and Marrecus, in which it states Johnson is breathing on his own and speaking with the team.
Nika and Marrecus also said Johnson even FaceTimed with his teammates:
— Florida Gators Men’s Basketball (@GatorsMBK) December 15, 2020
This is also noteworthy: “We hope people recognize that information that doesn’t come from us or the athletic department may not be accurate.”
This is an important distinction because there are questions as to what brought about Johnson’s health issues.
Keyontae Johnson collapsed on the court during the team’s game against Florida State on Saturday. He was carried off on a stretcher and immediately transported to a hospital, whereby he was deemed to be in critical but stable condition.
However, doctors decided to induce the coma given some physiological issues, rendering Johnson’s health uncertain. Fortunately, the Norfolk native seems to be on the path to recovery.
The doctors will still be searching for answers. Florida’s program had issues relating to COVID-19 earlier in the year, but is unknown whether Johnson’s issues were in fact COVID-related.
It also remains to be seen whether Johnson can take the court again this year or in the future, though that is hardly important right now.
What matters most is Keyontae Johnson is in good spirits and in stable condition after a weekend of scary uncertainty.