Florida Gators basketball player Keyontae Johnson breathes alone and speaks after collapsing on the court


In a Tuesday statement, Nika and Marrecus Johnson revealed their son made a FaceTime call with his teammates.

“We feel so much love and support from everyone, and we are more than grateful for the care and attention Keyontae has received throughout these past few days,” the parents said.

Johnson was walking the field after a timeout early in Saturday’s game against the Florida State Seminoles when he collapsed, ESPNU broadcasters said. He was lifted from the ground on a stretcher and transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where a team spokesperson announced Johnson was in critical but stable condition.

Johnson’s parents traveled to Tallahassee to be with their son on Sunday, joining Florida head coach Mike White and associate athletic director Dave Werner alongside Johnson, according to a team statement. Johnson was transferred to UF Health in Gainesville on Monday where he was still listed in critical but stable condition.

It is not yet clear why he collapsed.

The team’s top scorer and rebounder, Johnson is averaging 19.7 points and 6 rebounds per game this season. He had 5 points before collapsing, which after leaving the field was chased by his visibly shaken teammates and his coach huddled in prayer before play resumed. Florida State won the game 83-71.

Due to the circumstances surrounding Johnson, the Gators announced on Tuesday that an agreement has been reached with the University of North Florida Ospreys to postpone the basketball game scheduled for Wednesday.

CNN’s Wayne Sterling, Ray Sanchez, Jabari Jackson, Jacob Lev, Kevin Dotson and Travis Caldwell contributed to this report.


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