Josh Allen won’t tolerate “dumb” conspiracy theories about Damar Hamlin.
The Bills quarterback has shut down speculation that Hamlin didn’t actually attend their Divisional Round playoff game against the Bengals at Highmark Stadium on Sunday following bizarre rumors that a body was impersonating Hamlin .
“Yeah, that’s stupid,” Allen said during an appearance on the “Kyle Brandt’s Basement” podcast on Tuesday. “…First, it’s Damar’s loot…he likes to wear it. Two, he was in the locker room with us before the game.
“So yes, it was Damar. There is absolutely no chance, there is absolutely no chance. This is Damar Hamlin. He’s our guy. He’s our brother. He was with us – pre-game, post-game. He was in the suite with his family, his little brother, 100%. So people have to stop this.
Allen was visibly frustrated by speculation surrounding Hamlin’s return to Highmark Stadium, nearly three weeks after the Bills safety suffered cardiac arrest on the field in Week 18 against the Bengals.
Some people ran with conspiracy theories that it wasn’t Hamlin who was on the CBS broadcast and in videos on the Bills’ Twitter account due to the 24-year-old’s face covered in sunglasses, a balaclava and a mask.
Critics also noted that Hamlin’s face was not visible in a grainy snow-covered camera shot by CBS that showed him doing his heart symbol with his hands.
Hamlin showed up to the game in a red, white and blue puffer jacket and tracksuit with his “Chasing Millions” logo on it – which is the name of his charitable foundation which received millions in donations after his injury on January 2.
Hamlin joined his family, including his mother and 7-year-old brother, Damir Hamlin, in a private suite to watch the game after being escorted through the back halls of the stadium in a team security vehicle.
“Thank you for all the TRUE love, thoughts and prayers from around the world…you will hear from me soon!” Hamlin tweeted Tuesday.
It came after Hamlin seemingly responded to the situation on Monday, when he took to Twitter to share a photo of himself with his hoodie on as he stood next to a mural of himself with the legend “Clone”.
Hamlin was discharged from a Buffalo hospital on January 11, after a week-long stay at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was in critical condition and on a ventilator.
The sophomore safety, who is on injured reserve, has a long way to go to recover. Hamlin requires the use of oxygen and regular monitoring of his heart, according to his longtime friend and business partner, Jordon Rooney.