Florida Basketball: Keyontae Johnson Vows to Play Again

Gainesville, Florida / USA - May 1 2020: The brick sign of University of Florida (UF) at the intersection of Museum road and SW 13th street.

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Florida basketball player Keyontae Johnson is speaking out to the media at length for the first time since his terrifying, near-death experience on December 12, 2020.

During a game against the Florida State Seminoles, Johnson crashed to the ground and was stretchered off of the court.

Now, recalling his experience, Johnson told the official team website that he hopes to play again.

“Basically, everything happens for a reason and you’re always going to see the dark side before things get brighter. To me, I can’t dwell on the situation. It happened. Me having a negative mindset can only mess me up in the future.

“So I’m trying to have a positive mindset and make sure everybody sees me happy. I’m a big leader on this team. If they see me down they’re going to think something is wrong and may cause us to struggle again. So I’m just trying to bring great energy, show everybody I’m smiling, that I’m fine, and just want the best out of these guys.

“I would say I’m blessed to be here, yes. There’s just not a lot more to say that that. I was passed out. I could have died. She jumped out on the court and saved me. If it isn’t for her, I may not have had a second chance in life. You just can’t take life for granted.”

You can check out the full interview here.

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