Damar Hamlin’s father is coming to the defense of Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins.
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Bart Scott criticized Higgins for “lowering his helmet” on the play in which Hamlin got hurt.
“Offensive players can’t use the crown of their head – helmet – as a weapon, which is kind of what Tee Higgins did and I’m not trying to put the blame on Tee Higgins, but that’s something that they tried to take out.”
“Right before the tackle he lowers his helmet and he kind of throws his body into his chest. He’s standing up because he thinks he has to chase Tee Higgens at an angle to make a tackle so he didn’t expect Tee Higgins to launch his body back into him.”
— MLFootball (@_MLFootball) January 3, 2023
Higgins was reportedly distraught after the play and was reportedly seen hugging his mom.
#Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins just left locker room looked distraught and hugged his mom before leaving the stadium
— Richard Skinner (@Local12Skinny) January 3, 2023
Damar Hamlin’s father has come forward to defend Higgins and says all criticism of the Bengals wide receiver “must stop.”
Will have much more on @espn throughout the morning/day. (We recorded an interview) But two other comments to look for from him: Damar’s father is among those calling for any criticisms of Bengals WR Tee Higgins (who was part of the play Damar was injured on) to STOP.
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) January 4, 2023