Deion condemns death risks versus CSU DB

  • Kyle Bonagura, ESPN Staff WriterSep 19, 2023, 01:39 PM ET


    • Covers the Pac-12.
    • Signed up with ESPN in 2014.
    • Participated In Washington State University.Colorado coach Deion Sanders condemned

    the recent death hazards versus Henry Blackburn in the wake of the Colorado State defensive back’s illegal hit Saturday on Buffaloes star Travis Hunter. “Henry Blackburn is a great player who played an extraordinary game,”Sanders said Tuesday. “He made a significant hit on Travis on the sideline. You might call it filthy, you might call it,’ He was simply playing the game of football.’But whatever it was, it does not constitute that he needs to be receiving death threats. “That this is still a boy attempting to make it in life– a person that’s trying

    to live his dream and hopefully graduate with honors or degree, devoted to excellence and go to the NFL. He does not deserve a death risk over a game.” Blackburn, a senior from Stone, Colorado, was whistled for an individual nasty for his

    late hit on Hunter in the first half, which needed the Buffaloes’ two-way star to leave the game and go to the hospital.Editor’s Picks 2 Related Hunter was released from the medical facility Monday and will miss at least Saturday’s game versus No. 10 Oregon– and likely a couple of

    more weeks– with a lacerated liver.”It’s football at the end of the day,” Hunter said Monday on his YouTube show. “That stuff takes place.”Threats versus Blackburn started before No. 19 Colorado completed its 43-35 double-overtime victory late Saturday night, Colorado State athletic director Joe Parker told ESPN’s Pete Thamel.University and local authorities have both investigated the threats, which came via telephone call, text and on social media, according to Parker.”At the end of the day, this is a game,” Sanders said.

    “Somebody should win, somebody needs to lose. Everyone continues their life the next day.”[ The death threats are] extremely unfortunate. I’m saddened if there’s any of our fans that’s on the other side of those threats– I would hope and pray not. However that kid was just playing the very best of his ability and he made a mistake. I forgive him. CU, our team forgives him. Travis, he’s forgiven him. Let’s carry on. However that kid does not deserve that. “Before ending his weekly news conference, Sanders requested prayers for Blackburn, adding that it’s”unreasonable for people to be threatening him. “”I don’t mind getting death risks,”Sanders said.”

    I get them weekly– however a kid, it’s bad.”

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