ESPN reported Monday that police were investigating death threats against Blackburn. The player’s phone number and address were published online — as were those of his parents. [firefly_poll] Sanders, who one might expect to be angry over the hit, made his thoughts on the situation known while speaking with reporters on Tuesday. “I want you guys to record this and run with this: Henry Blackburn is a good player who played a phenomenal game,” Sanders said. “He made a tremendous hit on Travis on the sideline. You could call it dirty, you could call it he was just playing the game of football.”
Henry Blackburn was assessed a personal foul after this late hit on Travis Hunter. pic.twitter.com/0avKi1erLU— ESPN (@espn) September 17, 2023
Sanders continued, “Whatever it was, it does not constitute that he should be receiving death threats. This is still a young man trying to make it in life. … He does not deserve a death threat over a game. At the end of the day, this is a game.” “Very 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. But that kid was just playing [to] the best of his ability, and he made a mistake. “So I forgive him. CU, our team forgive him. Travis, he’s forgiven him. Let’s move on. But that kid does not deserve that,” Sanders concluded. Coach “Prime” has his detractors, including this avid sports fan. But instead of complaining or pouring fuel on the fire, Sanders showed grace to Blackburn (in keeping with his professed Christian faith). It was not what one might have expected from a coach who motivates his team with raw emotion and bravado, especially without his best player and with two offensive juggernauts on the schedule in the next two weeks. One negative word from Sanders would’ve been another black mark against Blackburn. Good for him for promoting grace in a culture that allows little room for forgiveness. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Very classy move by Deion Sanders, who made sure to say this during his press conference today:“Henry Blackburn is a good player who played a phenomenal game… This is a still young man trying to make it in life … He does not deserve a death threat over a game.” “I forgive… pic.twitter.com/bx64k0ypgY — Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 19, 2023