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Keyontae Johnson's Collapse Not Related to COVID-19

Andy Berg

The family of University of Florida star forward Keyontae Johnson announced this week that Johnson’s collapse during a game two months ago was “not related to or a result of a previous or current COVID-19.”

Johnson was rushed to a local hospital on Dec. 12 after he collapsed following a timeout in the first half of a game against Floria State. He was later airlifted to a hospital in Gainesville where he underwent a slow recovery.

Along with many of his teammates, Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 during the summer.

"University of Florida Health treating physicians consulted with other local and national experts who reviewed the relevant imaging and testing related to this case," the family's statement said. "The unanimous conclusion of all experts is that Keyontae's medical emergency was not related to or a result of a previous or current Covid diagnosis."

Florida has not discussed Johnson’s diagnosis. Johnson will not play again this season to focus on his recovery.

"We continue to be committed to sharing any information that could be helpful to others. Our hope is that the experts' conclusion that this instance is not Covid-related will bring some peace of mind," the family's statement read. "Our focus now is on Keyontae's academics and continued recovery. His resilience has been inspiring to watch. He will spend the rest of the season focused on being the best coach and teammate he can be. What comes next for Keyontae is for him to share on his own timeline."

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