Keyontae Johnson, a basketball player for the University of Florida, is in critical but stable condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after collapsing during a game against Florida State, according to the school.
The incident occurred just after Johnson threw down a dunk with around 16:30 left in the first half of the game. He walked to the sideline, looking seemingly normal, before collapsing off camera of the live broadcast.
Medical staff immediately surrounded him, and he was seen being taken off on a stretcher. Johnson was taken by ambulance to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where it was reported that he was in “critical but stable” condition.
Johnson’s teammates were visibly shaken following the incident, with head coach of Florida Mike White leading the team in a short prayer directly after. Play then resumed, with Florida State beating the Gators 83-71.
Johnson had previously tested positive for Covid-19 this summer along with several other members of the Gators basketball team according to the Associated Press.
Covid-19 has been linked to the condition Myocarditis, an inflammation of the middle layer of the heart wall that can lead to heart failure. There has been no reported diagnosis of any kind from the hospital as to what led to Johnson collapsing. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) does require cardiac screening before players are cleared to return from Covid-19 protocols, according to the conference’s Requirements for Covid Management.
Johnson has been the leading scorer for the Gators this season so far, and was picked as the preseason Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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