Florida basketball’s star player Keyonte Johnson was taken off the court on a stretcher during Saturday’s game against Florida State.
Johnson had just finished a dunk with 16:23 remaining in the first half, and Florida State called a timeout.
The game then went to a commercial break. When the game returned from commercial, it was clear something wasn’t right and the broadcast booth then announced that a player was down on the court.
Florida players were shown on screen, visibly concerned. The game then took another commercial break.
When the game returned, the announcers broke the news of the information they had.
“We have a heartbreaking situation here, you see this Florida team in tears. Keyonte Johnson, when they were coming out of that last timeout, simply collapsed on the court. We don’t have any details other than that. They have taken him off of the court and both teams gathering around and trying to gain their wits right now because of the shocking development.”
Stretcher apparently coming out for the SEC’s player of the year, #Gators forward Keyontae Johnson. Seems he passed out on the court, not sure what happened.
— Graham Hall (@GrahamHall_) December 12, 2020
Johnson, the preseason Player of the Year in the SEC, was seen by trainers in the facility on the court. After a few minutes, he was taken off on a stretcher. After a slight pause, the game resumed playing.
The ESPN broadcast later said Johnson was taken to a local hospital in Tallahassee.
As people found out about what happened to Johnson, many sent their thoughts on social media.
Watching this game is incredibly uncomfortable. I cannot even imagine how Keyontae Johnson’s teammates feel. They never showed him on TV after he collapsed, and we’ve gotten no info about him at all from the broadcast, have we? https://t.co/vQzd9GdbcX
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) December 12, 2020
Prayers to Florida’s Keyontae Johnson — who just collapsed on the court. Scary scary situation.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) 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
We’ll update this post as more information becomes available.