Florida standout forward Kinta Johnson was out of action for Saturday’s game against rivals Florida State and needed emergency treatment.
Gatters said he was in a serious but stable condition at the hospital.
Johnson was soothed before falling to the floor as the team broke up in a hurry. Several gatekeepers broke down in tears and a couple buried their faces in towels as coach Mike White gathered his team to say a prayer.
The game resumed a few minutes later, but the Gators were clearly impressed by the horrific sight of one of their teammates in a medical emergency.
Florida led 11-3 after Johnson’s right, but Florida State scored the next seven points and outsourced the Gators 42-34 after Johnson’s fall to take a 45-35 lead at half-time. The game ended in a 83-71 win for Florida State.
“Please pray for that Keontei and his family. We all love him, ”White posted on Twitter after the game.
Johnson of Norfolk, Virginia, led the team with a .1.1 rebound averaging 14 points last season. He led 36 stolen guitars.
Florida state coach Leonard Hamilton said Florida had been given the option to stop the game but Johnson’s teammates wanted to continue. “What they thought was best for their team, but I will accept that,” Hamilton said. “My administration asked me, and I told them we would do exactly what they decided. They wanted to understand that they wanted to play. “
Like most of his teammates, Johnson tested positive for the Covid-19 in the summer. Although the cause of Johnson’s illness was not immediately known, coronavirus may cause myocarditis, a viral infection of the heart muscle. At its worst, myocarditis can suddenly lead to cardiac arrest and it has become the leading cause of death in young, otherwise healthy athletes.
The Southeastern Conference instructed strict protocols, including rigorous heart testing, before the players could return to the game after a positive Covid-19 test.