After the Buffalo Bills’ safety collapsed on the field, messages of support for Dumar Hamlin flooded in from sports around the world.
Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest and fell on his back shortly after tackling Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins during an NFL game on Monday. I am in critical condition at the hospital.
Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson tweeted shortly after the incident, writing: I’m praying for you @HamlinIsland. I wish you good health and safety. ”
Arizona Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt tweeted, “The game doesn’t matter. Dummer Hamlin’s life matters. It’s okay. Please.”
The University of Pittsburgh’s Pittsburgh Panthers football program, where Hamlin played college football, added: We love you, 3. We are praying for you.
Hamlin, a Pennsylvania native, joined the Bills in 2021 as a sixth-round draft pick from the University of Pittsburgh. He has played in every game this season.
The Bills’ game against the Bengals was suspended at 5:58 in the first quarter and then officially postponed. The NFL said details regarding next steps will be announced “at the appropriate time”, adding that Hamlin’s health is a top priority.
“Sending our thoughts and prayers to Damar,” the Bengals’ official Twitter account wrote after the incident.
Higgins, the Bengals wide receiver involved in the clash with Hamlin, said: I hope you get over your mate.
American tennis player Jessica Pegula, daughter of Bills owner Terry Pegula, called the incident “awful” after the United Cup tennis match.
She told reporters that she was “really speechless”, according to Reuters. “I’m glad they stopped the game. It’s a reminder that there are many things more important than sports and games. It was pretty scary.”
she later tweeted. This is just a game and in the end it doesn’t matter what happens tonight. My prayers go out to Damar and his family. This team is family, football is family, sport brings us together like family. ”
Fellow American tennis star Coco Gauff added: I wish him a full and safe recovery. It’s bigger than sports…we should all continue to surround him and his family with prayers and positivity. ”
The Los Angeles Chargers and New York Giants are among the NFL teams sending messages of support.
The Chargers said the organization’s “thoughts and prayers are with Dummer Hamlin of Bills and Bills Mafia” and the Giants said the team is “praying for Dummer Hamlin and the entire Buffalo Bills organization.”
NBA star Donovan Mitchell told reporters after scoring a historic 71 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday, “I want to keep the Bills safe.”
“I’ve heard of it, but I’ve never seen it,” Mitchell said. “But I know you’re praying for him and his family… all of us in the locker room are praying for him. I hope it goes well.”
LeBron James told reporters after a historic night, becoming only the second player in NBA history to score 40-plus points in two consecutive games over the age of 35. I don’t know what happened.
“My thoughts and prayers go up to that boy’s family, him, the NFL brotherhood, and everyone who is part of the NFL family.
“It was definitely the right decision and it was Roger Goodell who made that decision.” [NFL Commissioner] Or whoever had the authority to stop that call [game].
“Athlete safety is always paramount in all sports. It was terrible to watch.”
James said, “I’m a big NFL fan. I’m a big football fan. I don’t want to see that happen in the type of competition they play.”