Keyontae Johnson, the Florida basketball star who collapsed on the court Saturday and was reportedly in a medically induced coma, is now in stable condition, breathing on his own and speaking to family and doctors, his parents said Tuesday.
In a statement released through the Florida men’s basketball program, Nika and Marrecus Johnson said their son was was even able to FaceTime his team.
“We feel so much love and support from everyone, and we’re beyond grateful for the care and attention that Keyontae has received throughout these past several days,” Johnson’s parents said in the statement.
The school had said in a statement Monday that Johnson continued “in critical but stable condition, [was] following simple commands and undergoing further tests.” That update came shortly after Johnson’s grandfather, Larry DeJarnett, told USA Today that Johnson had been in a medically induced coma but that doctors were hoping to bring him out of it Monday afternoon.
Johnson, the SEC preseason player of the year, collapsed during a game Saturday against Florida State and was rushed to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where he stayed before being transferred to UF Health on Monday.
“We will continue to share updates about Keyontae’s health and progress,” his parents said in the statement. “We have seen how much people love and care for him. We hope people recognize that information that doesn’t come from us or the athletic department may not be accurate. We are working closely with Keyontae’s doctors and the UAA to provide information to everyone who cares so deeply about Keyontae and has been praying for him.”
It is not yet clear what led to Johnson collapsing on the court.
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