Keyshawn Johnson has announced that he will be returning to ESPN later this month. Johnson has taken leave from the sports network since March 16, but he called into ESPN Radio on April 6 to discuss recent NFL trades and announced his imminent return.
“I’ll be back next Monday. I’m taking a little time off for myself, but I’ll be back next Monday,” he said.
Johnson stepped away from the network in mid-March following the sudden death of his daughter, Maia. Johnson’s daughter was just 25-years-old at the time of her passing. The radio host and television personality shared the news via Twitter and moved away from the network temporarily shortly thereafter.
“It is with incredible sadness that I have to share the news about the passing of my beautiful Daughter Maia,” he wrote.
“We are heartbroken and devastated by her loss. Shikiri, Maia’s siblings, our family and me appreciate your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We also all appreciate your support and respect for our privacy as we move forward. Thank you all, God Bless. Keyshawn Johnson, Sr.”
Johnson’s colleagues, friends and former teammates all showered the former NFL wide receiver with support.
So very sorry to hear that. You spoke with grace and love and I know she felt it.
— Reese Waters (@reesewaters) March 16, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss, Keyshawn. That sort of loss is unimaginable. Praying for your all's healing over time.
— Chris Herring (@Herring_NBA) March 16, 2021
In his return, Johnson will resume hosting his morning radio show with Jay Williams as well as contributing to NFL Live and First Take.