Buffalo Bills baller Damar Hamlin took to social media to address the controversial jacket he wore to the Super Bowl on Sunday.
The blue and yellow varsity jacket that Damar wore was from a collaboration between rapper Travis Scott, artist Takashi Murakami, and the brand Saint Michael.
The front of the jacket bears the quote, “Without end or beginning, there is no day and there is no night.”
It’s the back of the jacket that sparked backlash.
It has a Christ-like paper doll figure being crucified along with the word “Eternal.”
Former Minnesota Vikings baller Adrian Peterson took to social media to blast Damar Hamlin over the jacket.
He posted a photo of the jacket via Instagram and wrote, “You should be thanking God son! This is Blasphemy!! We all fall short but cmon man! I find this disrespectful!!”
Adrian later changed the caption after having a man-to-man convo with Damar about the jacket.
So I spoke with @d.ham3 Damar, and we were able to discuss our thoughts as men.
I want to be clear, I’m the last person to judge anyone, and that was never my intention.
However, I do feel as if the jacket was disrespectful and it was something that I needed to share.
I do realize everyone makes mistakes and falls short at times, so again, my intention was never to judge, just to share my opinion.
Damar, I have respect and love for you and I wish you nothing but the best, but I just can’t rock with that jacket. I feel like there are a lot people, young and old, looking up to you and with power and influence comes great responsibility.
I apologize for offending you, I just felt offended in that moment as a man who loves and respects our Lord and Savior, Yeshua.
See Adrian’s original post below.
On Wednesday, Damar Hamlin took to Twitter to address the controversial jacket and shared that after speaking with his parents he now understands who some could be offended by his coat.
After talking with my parents I understand how my coat could have offended some people. It was never my intentions to hurt or disrespect anyone, the coat is abstract art to me. It says Eternal which I am Eternally thankful to my Savior! (1/2)
My beliefs and Relationship with God is not tied to symbolic images. I will learn from this and continue to walk in Love as I ALWAYS have. Matthew 7:1-5
See Damar’s original tweets below.