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Keyontae Johnson's parents say he's in stable condition, 'breathing on his own'

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 16:26:26-05

(WTXL) — In an update shared to social media Tuesday afternoon, Keyontae Johnson's parents say the standout UF basketball player is in stable condition, is breathing on his own and has spoken with the team.

The University of Florida shared the update from Johnson's parents in a statement on Twitter. His parents say they're "beyond grateful" for the support the public has shown for Keyontae since he collapsed during Florida State's home game against UF over the weekend.

"We will continue to share updates about Keyontae's health and progress," his parents, Nika and Marrecus Johnson, wrote. "We have seen how much people love and care for him."

They also warned that any information that doesn't come from them or the athletic department "may not be accurate." Monday, USA Today quoted Johnson’s grandfather as saying the player had been in a medically induced coma, according to the Associated Press.

In a statement shared Monday, UF wrote that many people have reached out to them about Johnson to offer any assistance they can. The university said that, "as things become more clear" they will "make known any needs that he and his family might have."

"We, along with his family, are so thankful for the outpouring of support for Keyontae as we continue to lift him up in collective thoughts and prayers," the statement read.

The University of Florida has set up a P.O. box for anyone who may want to send get-well letters or cards to Johnson. The address is P.O. BOX 14485 Gainesville, FL 32604 C/O UF administration.