Damar Hamlin has responded to the criticism he’s received as a result of his choice of Super Bowl outfit.
The Buffalo Bills safety has made a full recovery following the horrific incident from early January which nearly saw him lose his life. He was present at Super Bowl 57 on Sunday and took to the field, where he was honored next to the medical personnel and various staff members who helped save his life.
But the player drew some ire as a result of the jacket he wore. Hamlin was dressed in a blue jacket bearing a crucifix and an altered, grotesque depiction of Jesus Christ. Needless to say, it did not go down with some people, including NFL Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson, who referred to it as blasphemous and disrespectful.
Hamlin took to Twitter on Wednesday to offer a response, disclosing a conversation with his parents which led to an understanding of why people were upset, though he noted that his relationship with God isn’t linked to symbolic images.
The safety insists he meant no disrespect.
Peterson has since revealed having a conversation with Hamlin.
“So I spoke with [Damar], and we were able to discuss our thoughts as men. I want to be clear, I’m the last person to judge anyone, and that was never my intention,” the former Minnesota Vikings running back wrote in an Instagram post.
“However, I do feel as if the jacket was disrespectful and it was something that I needed to share. I do realize everyone makes mistakes and falls short at times, so again, my intention was never to judge, just to share my opinion.”
Social media still ripped Damar Hamlin.