Damar Hamlin's family joins NFL players in calling for criticism of Tee Higgins to stop

Zac Taylor, Joe Burrow say Higgins is doing well
Bengals Patriots Football
Posted at 8:44 PM, Jan 04, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-05 10:00:19-05

CINCINNATI — Damar Hamlin's family is calling for the criticism of Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins to stop.

Higgins was the last person to make contact with the Bills safety before he collapsed on the field. Hamlin performed what looked like a routine tackle on Higgins in the first quarter of Monday Night Football. He got up, then immediately fell.

In a statement, the Bills said Hamlin went into cardiac arrest. Medics rushed to the field, rendering aid before taking him to UC Medical Center. He remains in critical condition in the ICU.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and quarterback Joe Burrow both said Higgins has been handling the situation well.

"My communication with him is that he's doing OK," Taylor said of Higgins.

On ESPN, former NFL linebacker Bart Scott spoke about how Higgins should have been penalized for lowering his helmet toward Hamlin's chest during the tackle. Many people, including Pro Bowler Micah Parsons and former Bengal Andrew Whitworth, spoke out against a narrative that Higgins was at fault.

"This was a freak incident but putting fault on another player is wild," Parsons tweeted.

Parson continued, saying, "(he) does not even consider how Tee Higgins feels before airing (that)! That traumatic event he just went through!"

Whitworth called out the "hot takes" on Twitter.

"It’s about our brotherhood putting our arms around each other and pulling closer together for our brothers! Not that BS," Whitworth said.

Scott later said on Twitter that in the first segment of the show he spoke about how what happened was a freak incident.

"Why don’t you spread the clip from the first segment where I state that (it) was (an) accident and no one was at fault," he tweeted. "And that I was happy his mother was there to console him."

Higgins has only posted once since Monday night, tweeting that his prayers are with Hamlin and his family.

"I’m praying that you pull through bro," Higgins said.

Higgins' mother also tweeted out her support.

When speaking with multiple reporters outside UCMC, family friend Jordon Rooney said Hamlin's parents have been frustrated by criticism of Higgins. He said Higgins has reached out and been supportive of the family.