In recent news, Colorado State coach Jay Norvell said senior safety Henry Blackburn has been receiving death threats for hitting Travis Hunter, who sustained a lacerated liver after being hit by Blackburn.
Travis Hunter was hit after the play by a dirty player on Colorado State named Henry Blackburn.
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Blackburn drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty Saturday night for the blow he delivered to Travis Hunter’s midsection on a deep pass in the first quarter of the Rocky Mountain Showdown. It was one of 17 penalties the Rams committed in their 43-35 loss in double overtime to Deion Sanders and the Buffaloes in front of a capacity crowd.
“It’s sad that that’s the state of the world we live in. It’s a football game. Let’s not make it more than that,” Norvell said at his news conference.
According to Yahoo “Parker told ESPN’s Pete Thamel that both Blackburn’s and his mother’s cell phone numbers had been shared on the internet by the end of Saturday’s game and that both have since been inundated with threatening calls and messages. Death threats were also shared on social media.”
“We’re very concerned about our player’s safety, as Henry and his family have continued to receive these threats,” Parker told Thamel. “Henry never intended to put anyone in harm’s way on the football field. … It’s not what we teach or coach. We hope that the irrational vitriol directed at Henry stops immediately.”
“We’re going to do what we got to do to take care of him,” Sanders said Saturday. “I know Travis like a book. He’s probably going to want to be out for two weeks, but his health is more important than this game.”
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