DAVID: Damar Hamlin, the Buffalo Bills defensive back who got hit in the chest in the Monday night game a few weeks ago, and unless you've been living under a rock, he comes to his first game. The Bills lost to the Bengals on Sunday afternoon, they got molly-whopped by the Bengals.
And, there is this really wild conspiracy theory running around out there that it wasn't actually Damar Hamlin— that his PR team was circling him in the bowels of the stadium. They wouldn't let a camera get a good look at him and he's wearing a hoodie and it's all very mysterious— so maybe it's a body double. Some people are suggesting that, perhaps he's not with us and this is all big ruse and I just... laughed at some of this stuff.
Some of the stuff you... have to traffic in when you're in our business, it's—look, his guy Damar Hamlin, by all accounts, seemed like a good kid. I shouldn't say seemed, seems like a good kid. His charity raises a ton of money for little kids, and because of his situation, raised millions of dollars more because of the exposure.
But, more to the point about this conspiracy theory, which I refuse to give any credence to; but look, the guy is a premier athlete playing a professional sport.
He's got a physique that 99.9% of people cannot even begin to relate to in terms of the type of commitment it takes to keep his body in that type of shape to achieve the performance that he wants to achieve. And then out of nowhere, he spends close to a week in a hospital—in a coma.
And he's still, according to the reports from Sunday's game, he still has to get oxygen treatment.
I'm sure he's feeling a little insecure. Maybe his physical presence, maybe he's feeling feeble, looking feeble. I don't know about you... if I spent a week in a coma, I probably wouldn't be in tiptop shape. Especially if you're a guy that's used to being in tip top shape— peak physical condition.
Can you blame him for wearing a hoodie? It's got his mom and his little brother running around him. You think his parents and his little brother aren't gonna recognize a body double? I mean, come on. Or not say something? Come on. So just give the guy a little bit of time, a little bit of respect. I could care less if he wears a hoodie.
I could care less. If he, or if he doesn't show his face on camera. I'm sure he's feeling a little insecure about the fact that... one moment he was flying around on Monday Night Football in peak physical condition. And then, he wakes up to a doctor saying "you've won the game of life" because essentially you died and they were able to bring him back to life.
So give the kid a break. Social media and all this stuff lives forever. I just don't think there's any real reason to entertain this kind of a conspiracy theory. If you know anything at all about professional athletes and the type of commitment that they have to make to keep their body in peak physical shape, I'm sure the kid's feeling a little insecure about how he looks— how he feels, his stamina.
Just give him a break.