Damar Hamlin has received millions of prayers since suffering cardiac arrest on the field in early January. Remarkably, Hamlin has since recovered from the incident and has slowly returned to public life.
In his first foray into public at the Super Bowl, Hamlin wore a strange jacket that many called blasphemous.
Takashi Murakami “Travis Jesus” jacket, which says, “There is no day and no night without an end or a beginning,” with a crucifixion graphic on the back.
An odd move for someone who has inspired so many faith-filled responses.
In an act of overt mockery, Damar Hamlin is wearing a jacket that says “Eternal” in rainbow-colored letters and is crucifying a satanic skull-faced Jesus and 2B is holding a gun on his hip.
Our prayers may have saved his life, but apparently not his soul. pic.twitter.com/TZVMd0hIqL
— Esther Warrior (@Planted4Purpose) February 13, 2023
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NFL free agent Adrian Peterson, who spent 9 years with the Minnesota Vikings, weighed in on the controversy and took Hamlin to task.
According to the New York Post, in a now-deleted Instagram post, Peterson wrote, “You should thank the Son of God! This is blasphemy!! We are all short but common man! I find this disrespectful!! #thankyou #god”
Later, after speaking with Hamlin, Peterson removed the original comment and provided an updated post.
“So I spoke with @d.ham3 Damer 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 wasn’t my intention. However, I think the jacket was disrespectful and I needed to share. Everyone makes mistakes and I understand that sometimes fall short, so again, my intention is never to judge, just to share my opinion. Damar, I have respect and love for you and I wish you nothing but the best, but I can’t rock with that jacket. Young and old are looking up to you. And I feel that with power and influence comes great responsibility. I apologize for offending you, as someone who loves and respects our Lord and Savior Jesus I was offended at that moment. After speaking with Damar, it was Ket. I understand that it was not intended! #grateful #god #forgiveness”
Hamlin said of the blessings of being in the game.
Isn’t this a blessing!? #SuperBowlLVII pic.twitter.com/JgHAxTJwvy
– (@Hamlin Island) February 12, 2023