(News Punch) Fact-checkers and mainstream media were left panicking on Monday night after fully-jabbed NFL player Damar Hamlin collapsed clutching his chest mid-game.
The disturbing footage below shows the moment Buffalo Bills’ Hamlin, #3, suddenly and unexpectedly fell backwards during the first quarter of the game.
— Blitzed Football (@BlitzedFb) January 3, 2023
This is so so scary to watch man, such a scary sight to see Damar Hamlin collapse like that on the field, God please save this man and heal this brother for his return back to the field😢😢😢😢😢😢😢#prayfordamarhamlin#GodHelpHim#Bills pic.twitter.com/HSOMQzxqrL
— CaNathan Snead (@CanathanS) January 3, 2023
Infowars.com reports: Players took knees on the field in solidarity with Hamlin as an ambulance arrived on the scene.
BREAKING: NFL says Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin in ‘critical condition’ after collapse during game
— Juan Camilo (@JuanCamilo) January 3, 2023
Bills players looked distressed in the wake of their fellow teammate’s unexpected collapse.
Bills Players after Damar Hamlin’s scary collapse. pic.twitter.com/ElbvfjkVqG
— Zachary Bathurst (@ZacharyBathurs1) January 3, 2023
Just devastating…. Prayers for Damar Hamlin, please god he’s only 24 years old 😢 🙏 🙏 🙏 pic.twitter.com/CuuCAAAedZ
— Emil Sayad (@gaymerbear84) January 3, 2023
Bills players and staff surrounded Hamlin as he was administered CPR.
— BILLSMAFIA(12-3) (@MiningSim2XD) January 3, 2023
CPR was administered on Damar Hamlin and he is now being carried off the field in the ambulance truck.
— Nicole Hutchison FOX 56 (@nhutchisontv) January 3, 2023
Video showed Bengals fans also praying for Hamlin.
Supporters outside the hospital praying for Bills’ Damar Hamlin.
— Beyond the Monster (@BeyondtheMnstr) January 3, 2023
Fox 19 sports journalist Joe Danneman reported Hamlin was transported to
University of Cincinnati Medical Center with a pulse, but was unable to breathe on his own, noting he also needed an automated external defibrillator and CPR while on the field.
I’m told Damar Hamlin has a pulse, but is not breathing on his own. He is being transported to UC.
Needed AED and CPR on the field.
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) January 3, 2023
The NFL released a statement saying the game would be postponed after Hamlin was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
NFL statement on tonight’s Bills-Bengals game: pic.twitter.com/odLrDlpQGU
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2023
“Hamlin received immediate medical attention on the field by team and independent medical staff and local paramedics. He was then transported to a local hospital where he is in critical condition,” the statement reads.
In an update Monday night, Hamlin’s representative Jordon Rooney said Hamlin’s “vitals are back to normal and they have put him to sleep to put a breathing tube down his throat,” adding, “They are currently running tests.”
Update on Damar:
His vitals are back to normal and they have put him to sleep to put a breathing tube down his throat. They are currently running tests.
We will provide updates as we have them.
— Jordon Rooney (@jordonr) January 3, 2023
A physician on Twitter claimed without evidence Hamlin’s collapse may have been the result of commotio cordis, which affects athletes that take sudden hits to the chest.
As a physician I believe Damar Hamlin was likely suffering from commotio cordis where a blow to the chest at a precise moment in the electrical cycle stops the heart. Those trying to tie this to vaccine status to project their unscientific beliefs are terrible, horrible people. pic.twitter.com/H5KNnHPZMK
— Chris Haddock (@drdawg1996) January 3, 2023
After initially agreeing Hamlin may have suffered commotio cordis, renowned cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough told entrepreneur Steve Kirsch he was now under the impression the player suffered a heart attack and that if vaccinated, vaccine-induced myocarditis should be taken into consideration.
Many on social media pointed out Hamlin’s sudden collapse looked similar to other athletes’ recent fainting spells, which seem to have increased in frequency in the wake of the Covid jab rollout.
Damar Hamlin's collapse tonight looked a lot like these deaths due to the vaccine. pic.twitter.com/WTe7jQEJGC
— Pat Brody 🇺🇸 (@patbrody3) January 3, 2023
**BREAKING** McCullough now believes that Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest https://t.co/IhbLJzm3bt
— Steve Kirsch (@stkirsch) January 3, 2023
Bills safety Damar Hamlin was taken off of the field in an ambulance after collapsing mid game.
Prior to 2021, Athletes collapsing on the field was NOT a normal event.
— DiedSuddenly (@DiedSuddenly_) January 3, 2023
This is a tragic and all too familiar sight right now: Athletes dropping suddenly.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 3, 2023