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Keyontae Johnson diagnosed with heart inflammation potentially related to COVID-19

Keyontae Johnson

Florida Gators standout Keyontae Johnson was reportedly diagnosed with acute myocarditis that can be potentially linked to his earlier contraction of the COVID-19 virus, via USA Today. The condition triggered Johnson to abruptly collapse on the floor during the first quarter of their tilt against the Florida State Seminoles back on Dec. 12.

After being carried off the court in a stretcher, Johnson was initially hospitalized at Tallahassee Memorial before he was transferred to UF Health in Gainesville, Florida a couple of days later.

He previously found himself in a medically induced coma but eventually returned to normal breathing and speaking condition. Yesterday, he was released from the hospital and will be heading back to his home to spend the holidays with his family.

Johnson reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 during the summer along with a handful of his Gators teammates. His case of having a heart inflammation could prompt the other universities, especially in the SEC Conference, to conduct further tests on their student-athletes to avoid another similar occurrence in the future.

On the court, Johnson became a vital piece of the Gators squad. Last season, he averaged 14.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists through 31 appearances last season en route to a First-Team All-SEC selection.

Keyontae Johnson will reportedly need to sit out for a minimum of three months and can potentially miss the remainder of the 2020-2021 season to focus on his recovery. The Gators have already postponed the remainder of their non-conference games and will return to action on Dec. 30 against the Vanderbilt Commodores.