Damar Hamlin has been the recipient of millions of prayers since suffering cardiac arrest on the field in early January. Remarkably, Hamlin seems to have recovered from the incident and slowly returned to public life.
In his first foray into public at the Super Bowl, Hamlin was spotted wearing a strange jacket that many called offensive.
The Takashi Murakami “Travis Jesus” jacket says, “There is no day and no night without an end or a beginning” with a graphic image of a cross on the back.
A strange move for someone who inspired so many faith-filled responses.
In an act of overt irony, Damar Hamlin wears a jacket emblazoned with “Eternal” in rainbow-colored letters and a satanic skull-faced Jesus crucified while 2B appears with a gun in his waistband.
Our prayers may save his life, but apparently not his soul. pic.twitter.com/TZVMd0hIqL
— EstherWarrior (@Planted4Purpose) February 13, 2023
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NFL free agent Adrian Peterson, who spent 9 years with the Minnesota Vikings, became embroiled in the controversy and took Hamlin to task.
According to The New York Post, in a now-deleted Instagram post, Peterson said, “You should be thanking the Son of God! This is blasphemy!! We are all little but common men! I find it disrespectful!! #క్ర్త్ #అల్లు”
Later, after speaking with Hamlin, Peterson removed the original comment and provided an updated post.
“So I spoke with @d.ham3 Dammer, and we got to discuss our thoughts as men. I want to be clear, I am the last person to judge anyone, and that was not my intention. However, I feel as if the jacket was disrespectful and it was something I needed to share. I understand that everyone makes mistakes and falls short sometimes, so again, my intention was never to judge, just to share my opinion. Damar, I have respect and love for you and wish you nothing but the best, but I just can’t rock that jacket. I think there are a lot of people, young and old, looking up to you and with power and influence comes great responsibility. I apologize for offending you, I just felt offended at that moment as a man who loves and respects our Lord and Savior, Jesus. After talking with Damar, I realized that it did not come from any bad intentions! #grateful #god #forgiveness”
Hamlin commented on the blessings of being in the game.
Isn’t that a blessing!? #SuperBowlLVII pic.twitter.com/JgHAxTJwvy
— (@Hamlin Island) February 12, 2023