Through the Florida Gators’ men’s basketball public relations team, the family of Keyontae Johnson has released an update on his condition. And given what’s transpired these past few days, it’s about as good as it could be.
The statement from Nika and Marrecus Johnson read in part: “Keyontae is in stable condition today, breathing on his own and with his doctors here at UF Health. He even FaceTimed the team! We feel so much love and support from everyone, and we’re beyond grateful for the care and attention that Keyontae has received throughout the past several days.”
The statement went on to express the depths of their gratitude toward all the fans, both of the Florida Gators and of rivals, who expressed sympathy, well-wishes and concern for him and his condition. They also made a point to take issue with the fact that some idiots out there have decided to turn this terrifying ordeal into an opportunity to draw attention to themselves in that statement, and asked everybody to understand that information that does not come from them or the UAA may not be accurate.
Johnson, the SEC’s preseason Player of the Year, collapsed moments after throwing down a dunk against FSU in Tallahassee. He seemed fine one moment, and the next minute he was lying lifelessly on the floor. He was immediately transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital before being transferred back to UF Health in Gainesville.
This entire situation has featured terms like “critical condition” and “placed into a medically induced coma,” so to hear that Keyontae Johnson is awake and FaceTiming his teammates is, in one of the biggest understatements of this logic-flying year, a huge relief. Of course, he’s also not out of the woods yet, so let’s continue to wish him and his family the best as they continue to navigate this nightmare.