Upon hearing the good news that Florida Gators forward Keyontae Johnson will be released from the hospital on Tuesday, more than a week after he collapsed on the floor during a matchup against Florida State, Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal sent his fellow Gator a message of support.
"It's big time to be able to do what he's doing – it takes courage, passion and fight. He's blessed with another opportunity. The biggest thing now is making sure he's healthy, and takes it a day at a time." Beal said on Tuesday during media availability. "It's such a blessing for the Florida family, his family, and for the whole country."
Beal played for Florida for one season in 2012. He averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.
"Along with so many well wishes and prayers, we've understandably gotten questions about the cause and extent of Keyontae's illness," Johnson's family said. "As much as everyone involved wants firm answers, the process to draw definitive conclusions continues, and we ask for patience as the medical professionals continue their work."
Johnson fell face-first while heading back onto the floor after a first-half timeout during Florida's game against Florida State on Dec. 12. He was taken off the court on a stretcher and rushed to Tallahassee Memorial.