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Surviving the Cold: Homeless man relying on blankets in below freezing temps

OKLAHOMA CITY – We first met Robert Johnson on Sunday night.

He was buried under a mountain of blankets, hoping to survive the frigid night.

He did.

We went back to check on him Monday afternoon and found the 51-year-old walking the streets.

He tells us he was actually warm under his 6 blankets.

Johnson said, “I didn’t feel no wind until I got up to use the restroom. Then I said, ‘Oh Lord, it is cold out here.’ That’s the only time I felt the cold.”

The 6’4″ homeless man started out as a promising basketball player at a junior college in the Texas panhandle.

He averaged 28 points a game, but admits he partied too much and ended up dropping out.

Johnson said, “I think when I lost my chance at playing any basketball, I kind of went downhill.”

Johnson served 10 years in prison for a crime he didn’t want to tell us about and found himself living on the streets, for two and a half years now.

He admits he could’ve gone to a shelter Sunday night.

Johnson said, “That’s my choice. Right, that’s my choice. If I had died in the middle of the night, that would’ve been my choice.”

As Johnson made his bed and organized his little corner outside an old warehouse near downtown, he prepared for another night in the cold.

He is confident that since he made it through Sunday night, he’ll be okay.

Johnson said, “It’s a routine thing. Like I said, it’s one day at a time. Gotta do what you do.”

He  says he’s waiting on his state ID and then he plans to get a job at Goodwill.

He says he does not plan on being homeless for the rest of his life.


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