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College Basketball Star Collapses During Game: Now In Stable Condition

University of Florida basketball star Keyontae Johnson is now in stable condition after a scary turn of events during a game this past Saturday.

Johnson collapsed while walking heading onto the court in the middle of a game against the Florida State Seminoles. ESPNU broadcasters were there, and witnessed Johnson being taken out on a stretcher.

According to Scott Stricklin, the university's Athletic Director, Keyontae received treatment from the FSU staff and at Tallahassee Memorial, which has worked in consultation with UF Health. Stricklin said in a statement that Keyontae has his parents by his side, and the team has his full support.

As of now, it is unknown what may have caused Keyontae to collapse. Prior to falling, he was actively participating in the game. One report says that he was just celebrating making an alley-oop, and scored five points in the game. He collapsed after a huddle with his teammates, right when he was about to return to the court.

Following the game, coach Mike White declined to do any postgame media interviews. He headed straight to the hospital to be by Keyontae’s side, and the rest of the team appeared visibly shaken by what had just happened.

They ultimately lost the game 83–71, however who would expect the team to be able to focus under such circumstances?

According to ESPN, 21-year-old Keyontae did test positive for COVID-19 earlier this year. One report cited the side effect of covid inflammation of the heart muscle, as a potential reason for Keyontae’s collapse. However, it is too early to speculate what his condition is.

Keyontae is a star athlete, who was crowned the Southeastern Conference’s preseason player of the year. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him return to the court if his condition permits him to.

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