UPDATE: UF says Keyontae Johnson is in ‘critical but stable condition’ after collapsing in game against Florida State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCJB) - Keyontae Johnson is in critical but stable condition at Tallahassee Memorial.
Johnson will stay at the hospital overnight.
The Gators forward was transported to the hospital after collapsing during Florida’s game against Florida State.
“I did not see what happened, but it had a really dramatic effect on my team,” said Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton. “Matter of fact, several of my players were crying and I wasn’t real sure, a couple of them were emotional to the point where I wasn’t sure how affected they would be in the game. So it was different. I’ve been involved with several kids that had injuries like that, but not one that was beginning at halftime that was not a collision, or something that was obvious. It was a mystery to us because we didn’t know exactly what was going on. Those types of things can affect you in some adverse ways. We’re just all hopeful and praying he’s OK, so I can imagine if it affected our players in an emotional way, I can imagine what the situation was with his teammates.”
Johnson was exiting the Gators huddle after a timeout when he just collapsed, falling flat on his face. Minutes earlier, the 21-year-old had just finished an alley-oop dunk to give him five points and the Gators a 11-3 lead.
Medical personnel tended to Johnson on the court before playing him on a stretcher. Florida players and coaches were shaken up, with a few players in tears as they watched their teammate, friend take away.
According to Hamilton, the Gators wanted to play.
“I told our staff I was going to let them make that decision,” said Hamilton. “It was totally up to them and whatever they thought was in the best interest of their team, then I would accept it and act accordingly. Our administration asked me, I just told them I would be OK with whatever they decided, and it’s my understanding that they wanted to play.”
Hamilton says he was advised by his administration after Gators head coach Mike White had a chance to speak with his team.
“The administration told me that he [White] talked to his team about whether or not they wanted to play, and I told them whatever decision he made was fine with me.”
White decided to stay in Tallahassee to be with Johnson - due to travel and COVID-19 protocols, Johnson does not have family close by. White did not meet with the media, deciding to head to the hospital as quickly as possible instead.
Johnson, who is the SEC’s Preseason Player of the Year, had five points early on in the matchup. The 6-foot-5, 299-pounder comes from Norfolk, Virginia and leads the Gators with 19.7 points.
We will continue to have updates on his condition as soon as it becomes available.
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