Gators forward Keyontae Johnson
Gators' Forward Keyontae Johnson celebrates during a game against No. 18 Xavier on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2019. (Credit @GatorsMBK on Twitter.)

Keyontae Johnson Still Hospitalized But Remains Stable

It’s been a little over 24 hours since Gator basketball star Keyontae Johnson collapsed on the court in a game in Tallahassee on Saturday.  Per Gator basketball Sports Information Director Denver Parler, Johnson remains hospitalized at Tallahassee Memorial.

The update states his condition as critical but stable. Johnson’s family has been flown in to be by his side. Florida Head Coach Mike White and Associate AD for Sports Health Dave Werner stayed in Tallahassee as well as the rest of the Gators traveled back to Gainesville.

In UF’s status update on the Gators’ forward, Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin stated his appreciation for the medical staff caring for him.

“We appreciate all the medical personnel who have helped Keyontae,” Stricklin said. “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 feel the support of the Gator Nation.”

The reason why Johnson collapsed remains unknown.

Early in the first half of the Florida-Florida State men’s basketball game, Johnson collapsed on the court during a Gators timeout. Medical staff needed a stretcher to carry him off the court.

The game continued and the Gators lost to the Seminoles 83-71. But the final did not matter to Gator Nation. It may not even matter to FSU either. FSU men’s basketball tweeted support for Johnson when the incident happened.

This story is developing and updates will follow as more information is released.

About Harrison Smajovits

Harrison is a sports coordinator at ESPN 98.1 FM/850 AM WRUF. He served as a beat writer for Florida Gators football for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. He also contributes to WRUF's Gainesville Sports Center segments and makes appearances on the Clash on Harp on Sports. Harrison has been a content writer for WRUF since January 2019 as well.

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