12:56 PM PT — 12/15 — GREAT NEWS!!! Keyontae Johnson is out of his coma and talking!!!
The update comes by way of The Athletic’s Shams Charania who reports Johnson is now in stable condition — “breathing on his own and speaking with parents and doctors.”
LET’S GO, KEYONTAE!!!!
1:01 PM PT — 12/14 — Keyontae Johnsonhas been placed in a medically induced coma — but doctors are hoping to bring him out Monday afternoon, this according to his grandfather.
Larry DeJarnett spoke with USA TODAY Sports and confirmed the basketball player’s condition.
DeJarnett also said Keyontae had been transported from Tallahassee to Gainesville, where the University of Florida is located.
Keyontae’s grandfather said the plan to wake the hoops star from the coma Monday afternoon is not set in stone because it’s such a fluid situation.
“They’re [the doctors are] 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.”
University of Florida basketball star Keyontae Johnson is in critical condition after collapsing on the court in the middle of a game.
It’s terrifying to watch. The game — Gators vs. Seminoles — was in timeout. Just before that, Keyontae successfully finished an alley-oop and was celebrating the move from the sidelines. The team broke its huddle, and as Keyontae walked onto the court he collapsed hard.
His teammates screamed for help and Keyontae was taken off the court by stretcher and was rushed by ambulance to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
Keyontae had tested positive for COVID this past summer. It appears one of the side effects was myocarditis … inflammation of the heart muscle.
He’s in critical but stable condition. We wish him well.
Originally published — 12/13 9:38 AM PT