The NFL has come under some fire following the frightening incident that led to Bills safety Damar Hamlin requiring CPR on the field during Monday Night Football.
Hamlin collapsed on the field and needed to be intubated following a violent collision with Bengals wideout Tee Higgins. Both teams were sent to their respective locker rooms as theh league considered all options. But at one point, rumors began to swirl that the NFL had told the teams that they would have five minutes to warm up before resuming the contest.
The game was eventually postponed, but was also reported later on in the evening that the decision didn’t come from the league. Rather, it was the players and coaches from both teams who refused to continue the game.
NFL V.P. of Football Operations Troy Vincent has since conducted a conference call regarding the incident, and he vehemently denied ever considering having the players continue the game on Monday night.
According to the conference call, Vincent claims that both he and Roger Goodell agreed it would be impossible to resume playing after the players had just witnessed such a traumatic event.
“How do you resume play after you’ve seen such a traumatic event occur in front of you in real time?” Vincent told reporters. He then called the reports of a 5-minute warm-up and the resumption of play “ridiculous” and “insensitive.”
The NFL has been known to think about money and the league before thinking of the players in the past. So I’m sure there are plenty of people who may not believe what Vincent and the NFL has to say about all of this.
At the moment, their comments don’t matter. What matters is the health of Damar Hamlin. Once we can be sure that he’s stable and recovering, then we can worry about whether or not the NFL actually wanted the players to continue playing.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.