Florida Gators Star Keyontae Johnson Awake, In Stable Condition After Collapse and Coma

by Chris Haney

On Tuesday afternoon, the Florida Gators shared an update from the parents of men’s basketball player Keyontae Johnson on his current condition.

Nika and Marrecus Johnson, Keyontae’s parents, said that the player is currently in stable condition. Additionally, he is now breathing on his own and able to speak with his doctors and loved ones. He also had a chance to FaceTime his Gators teammates.

His parents thanked everyone for all the love and support Keyontae and his family have received the last few days. They thanked fans for their continued prayers and promised to continue sharing updates on their son’s health and progress.

In addition, his parents added that any information that comes from anyone except their family or Florida’s athletic department “may not be accurate.” However, it seems like Johnson is on the road to recovery after collapsing on the court over the weekend.

Florida Gators Player Collapses During Game

Johnson collapsed on the court during Saturday’s matchup against Florida State University. Subsequently, doctors decided to put Johnson in a medically induced coma in hopes of stabilizing the player.

Following the scary incident, doctors in Tallahassee, FL treated Johnson. His grandfather, Larry DeJarnett, said that Johnson later moved to a hospital in Gainesville. DeJarnett also explained that Johnson’s doctors hoped to bring the player out of his coma on Monday.

Today’s update of Johnson’s stable condition is welcome news. DeJarnett told USA TODAY Sports that his grandson’s doctors were not positive about the player’s possible outcome.

“They’re just not sure. He may have had activity in the brain, so they induced the coma. They put him on medication to keep him sedated,” DeJarnett said.