Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen called the death claims of teammate Damar Hamlin “stupid”. Hamlin is alive; conspiracy theories are false.
Buffalo Bills defenseman Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest after a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 2 and was hospitalized for nine days. After being released from the hospital, he made his first public appearance when Billy met the Bengals again on January 22.
But some people on the internet have claimed that Hamlin didn’t survive to argue because his face was covered during public appearances, or because he could not be identified, the man who posed as Hamlin was actually actor, double body or clone.
One tweet with over 4 million views says “why didn’t the NFL let us see Damar Hamlin’s face?” Many commentators have offered popular conspiracy theories as to why he has not been seen.
Did Damar Hamlin really die of cardiac arrest as conspiracy theorists claim?
No, Damar Hamlin is not dead, as conspiracy theorists claim.
WHAT WE FOUND
After Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on January 2 and lost consciousness on a field in Cincinnati, he was taken to a nearby UC Health medical center. On January 5, doctors provided an update on his condition and said he was alive. When Hamlin woke up, he wrote to the doctors asking who won the game, which was reported by several news outlets, including partner station VERIFY WGRZ.
When Hamlin returned to New York, he was admitted to Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute in downtown Buffalo, where doctors said he was doing well. He was released from Buffalo General on January 11 and doctors said it was safe to release him.
Damar Hamlin has been posting on his social media following his fainting spell, including during his stay in the hospital. In one photo he posted on Instagram on January 8, six days after his heart stopped, he is seen alive in a hospital bed.
Hamlin also posted a photo of himself in a tweet, mocking claims that he is in fact a clone.
Hamlin’s teammate, Bills quarterback Josh Allen, addressed the claims on January 24 at Kyle Brandt’s “Basement” podcast.
“Yeah, that’s stupid,” Allen said during his podcast appearance. He also expressed shock that these claims even exist.
Allen said Hamlin was in the dressing room with them before the Bengals-Bills game on January 22.
“Absolutely zero chance, absolutely zero chance,” Allen said of claims that Hamlin had died and been replaced. This is Damar Hamlin. This is our guy. This is our brother. He was with us before the game, after the game. He was in a suite with his family, his little brother, 100 percent. So people should stop it [expletive]”.
The Buffalo Bills also released a video of Hamlin arriving on a golf cart before the January 22 game. NFL also posted a tweet featuring Hamlin in the room at the game. VERIFY has reached out to Bills for comment, but has not received a response as of press time.
Some conspiracy theorists proposed online Hamlin’s cardiac arrest was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine. VERIFY found that there is no evidence that cardiac arrest in athletes can be linked to the COVID vaccine.
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