Dallas Cowboys’ Rookie linebacker Micah Parsons came to the defense of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins after former NFL player and current ESPN analyst Bart Scott suggested he was partly to blame for Damar Hamlin collapsing in the field during Monday night’s game.
Parsons responded to a video of Scott’s comments on Twitter on Tuesday, calling Hamlin cardiac arrest a «freak incident» and criticized Scott for suggesting that Higgins was somehow responsible.
«Are we serious!? Why do we let some people talk on TV?!» Parsons said in the tweet.
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«This was a weird incident, but blaming another player is crazy! They should get some of these guys out of line or something or not even give them a seat at the table!»
During Tuesday’s broadcast, Bart explained that Higgins lowered his head. before making contact with Hamlin’s chest.
«Just before the tackle, [Higgins] lowers his helmet, and kind of throws his body in [Hamlin’s] «He’s on his feet because he thinks he has to go after Tee Higgins at an angle to make a tackle, so he didn’t expect Tee Higgins to throw his body at him.»
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«The NFL has tried to get its head out of the game,» Scott added. «We hardly think about violent hits; we always associate that with defensive players aiming and head down. But they made the rule about five years ago, that offensive players can’t use the crown of their head, helmet as a weapon, that It’s kind of like what Tee Higgins did.»
Bart said he «wasn’t trying to blame» Higgins, but noted that the league has made an effort to eliminate such plays.
However, the clip of his comments sparked a fierce reaction on social media, including from Parsons.
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«Like doesn’t even consider how Tee Huggins feels before spouting some nonsense — like that!» he said in a separate tweet. «That traumatic event you just went through! I swear some of these TV guys have way too much ego in these scenarios we give them!»
Hamlin remains in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after going into cardiac arrest.
Doctors said Wednesday that they received «promising readings that they hoped to see,» ESPN reported, citing Jordon Rooney and the Hamlin family. Rooney reportedly added that there seemed to be «progress».