Florida basketball gives update on player rushed to hospital after collapsing during Florida State game
Florida Gators star basketball player Keyontae Johnson collapsed onto the court yesterday during a timeout in the Gator’s rivarly game against Florida State University and did not get up.
Johnson was on the floor motionless for several minutes before being taken by stretcher to an ambulance and rushed to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Little was known about his condition yesterday but today the Gators men’s basketball program published a short update.
Keyontae Johnson legit collapsed on the court as if he had died & they continued the game 😐 pic.twitter.com/3OassLeLNN— T for Tobias 💡 (@tobiasnxsty) December 12, 2020
“We appreciate all the medical personnel who have helped Keyontae,” said Scott Stricklin, Florida’s athletic director. “Keyontae received terrific care on site by the FSU staff and at Tallahassee Memorial, which has worked in consultation with UF Health. We’re glad his parents can be by his side, and they all feel the support of Gator Nation.”
Head coach Mike White and an associate athletic director remained in Tallahassee to be with Johnson, the release said.
The image of Johnson motionless on the court triggered scary flashbacks to former Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers. It was 1990 when Gathers led the NCAA in both scoring and rebounding for the Lions before collapsing on the court and dying March 4, 1990, on the eve of the NCAA Tournament.
There have been no further updates on Johnson or what condition might have caused the collapse. Check back for further news as it becomes available.