Damar Hamlin is well-known for playing with the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills. Unfortunately, tragedy struck during the latest Bills game as Damar Hamlin collapsed in the middle of the game. The NFL still tried to resume the game and as a result, the league got blasted by fans.
Hamlin collapsed to the field immediately after briefly standing up after tackling Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins with 5:58 remaining in the first quarter. Hamlin received immediate medical attention, who administered CPR and used an automated external defibrillator, as noted by Fox 19 reporter Joe Danneman.
An update from the Bills’ official Twitter account at 1:48 a.m. Eastern time confirmed Hamlin was “currently sedated and listed in critical condition” after suffering “cardiac arrest.” ESPN announcer Joe Buck reported on air that the league had given teams notice that they would have five minutes to warm up before play would resume.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, league executive Troy Vincent has refuted the initial broadcast reporting, telling Rapoport after midnight Eastern time, “I’m not sure where that came from. … That’s insensitive.” That being said, people took to Twitter and blasted the NFL for trying to resume the game despite what happened to Hamlin.
Restarting this game at that point would’ve been at the level of Pete Rozelle playing games after JFK was assassinated. Maybe worse.”
I still can’t believe the coaches had to step in to stop the NFL for warming the players back up to resume. Restarting this game at that point would’ve been at the level of Pete Rozelle playing games after JFK was assassinated. Maybe worse.
It is totally understandable we won’t hear from McDermott or Taylor tonight. It would be very helpful to hear more from the NFL, though, about why players were initially told they had 5 minutes to get ready and then why it took an hour to call the game off for the night.
Still can’t believe the NFL INITIALLY said the players have 5 minutes to get ready to resume the game
We certainly hope Damar Hamlin will somehow pull through and eventually return to playing the game that he truly loves. Thirsty wishes Hamlin makes a speedy recovery. We will keep you updated on his condition.
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