Florida basketball star Keyontae Johnson out for season with COVID-19 ruled out as cause of collapse

By Adam Silverstein
February 3, 2021
Florida basketball star Keyontae Johnson out for season with COVID-19 ruled out as cause of collapse
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Florida Gators junior forward Keyontae Johnson will not return to play this season after suddenly collapsing on the court Dec. 12 in Tallahassee, Florida. Johnson, who was hospitalized for weeks and underwent a battery of tests to determine the cause of his medical emergency, has been with the Gators for weeks as a coach on the sidelines during games.

“His resilience has been inspiring to watch,” Johnson’s family wrote in a statement released by Florida. “He will spend the rest of the season focused on being the best coach and teammate he can be. What comes next for Keyontae is for him to share on his own timeline and using his voice.”

The latter portion of that statement is a bit ominous as to Johnson’s future as a basketball player, but it appears as if he will share additional information about his condition and career goals at the appropriate time, presumably at the conclusion of the season.

Johnson’s family expressed gratitude for the support and medical care the family has received over the last two months, explaining that one key conclusion has been reached by doctors.

“University of Florida Health treating physicians consulted with other local and national experts who reviewed the relevant imaging and testing related to this case. The unanimous conclusion of all experts is that Keyontae’s medical emergency was not related to or a result of a previous or current Covid diagnosis.”

OnlyGators.com will update this breaking news story shortly.

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