People in and around the sports world are praying for Florida basketball star Keyontae Johnson, who suddenly collapsed following a timeout early in Saturday’s game against Florida State.
Johnson, the Southeastern Conference’s Preseason Player of the Year, had just dunked in transition moments before the timeout, then fell to the floor near mid-court. Several Florida players were in tears and the game was delayed for several minutes while Johnson was tended to.
He was rushed to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and was listed as being in critical but stable condition. The reason for Johnson’s collapse is not yet known.
Florida coach Mike White was one of many people to publicly plea for prayers over Johnson on social media.
Please keep praying for @Keyontae and his family. We all love him.
— Mike White (@MikeWhiteUF) December 12, 2020
Per the Florida men’s basketball Twitter page, White will stay with Johnson overnight in the hospital.
Keyontae Johnson remains in critical but stable condition and will stay at Tallahassee Memorial overnight.
Head coach Mike White will also remain with Keyontae in Tallahassee at the hospital overnight.
— Florida Gators Men’s Basketball (@GatorsMBK) December 12, 2020
Shortly after the incident and throughout Saturday, many others offered up prayers for Johnson:
Our thoughts and prayers with Keyontae Johnson and @GatorsMBK 🙏
— Florida State Men’s Basketball (@FSUHoops) December 12, 2020
Scary scene in Tallahassee: Florida's Keyontae Johnson has passed out on the court and was just taken the locker room.
Everyone say a prayer.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 12, 2020
🙏 for Keyontae pic.twitter.com/2q4IcN5rDw
— Auburn Basketball 🦚 (@AuburnMBB) December 12, 2020
— Chris Beard (@ChrisBeardUT) December 12, 2020
As we prepare for tip in under an hour here in Chapel Hill, we're sending positive thoughts and prayers to @GatorsMBK and Keyontae Johnson 🙏
— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) December 12, 2020
sending up prayers for Keyontae 🙏 https://t.co/D6qgvtCyzD
— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) December 12, 2020
Prayers up for Keyontae Johnson. I can’t imagine what Keyontae, his parents, his family, teammates, & Gator nation is going through. Just watching the replay brought tears to my eyes. So scary. God bless to you all! 🙏🏾
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) December 12, 2020
BC coach Jim Christian opens press conference sending wishes to Florida basketball player Keyontae Johnson, collapsed on court, in critical but stable condition. Said he was watching and it was scary to see.
— Ken Powtak (@KPowtak) December 12, 2020
Thoughts up for our brother 🙏 https://t.co/rAg7WF7bym
— Florida Gators Football (@GatorsFB) December 12, 2020
Horrible hearing the news that Florida forward Keyontae Johnson collapsed 4 minutes into the game!
Prayers for him as he was rushed to the hospital.. very very scary. I Hopefully everything is ok!🙏🏾🙏🏾🏀🏀 #ncaa
— Renee Washington (@ReneePwash) December 12, 2020
ESPNU says Keyontae Johnson is in critical, but stable, condition. Send your prayers and positive energy
— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) December 12, 2020
Florida player, Keyonte Johnson, collapsed on the court coming out of a timeout in the game with Florida State
The Florida players are in tears. Everyone please say a prayer for him
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) December 12, 2020
Praying for @GatorsMBK Keyontae Johnson right now. Collapsed during game just a few minutes ago. Please pause whatever you are doing and lift him up in prayer
— Jimmy Dykes (@CoachJimmyDykes) December 12, 2020
Please join us in praying for Keyontae Johnson.