Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs stayed in Cincinnati to be by teammate Damar Hamlin’s side after the 24-year-old safety suffered a heart attack and collapsed on the field against the Bengals on “Monday Night Football.”
Diggs arrived at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where Hamlin remains in critical condition. ESPN’s Coley Harvey, who was outside the hospital Monday night, said Diggs was stopped by police when he tried to see Hamlin.
“I’ve got to be there for my teammate,” Diggs said was informed to the police, who eventually let him in. Harvey said on the broadcast that he vouched for an emotional Diggs with authority as the general public tried to explain his relationship with Hamlin.
“It was all very confusing…we should have been here for our teammate” Diggs told Harvey.
Diggs, along with other Bills players, chose to stay in Cincinnati while the team flew home after the game was suspended Monday night, according to the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations. Troy Vincent.
So was Bengals coach Zach Taylor Seen at the University of Cincinnati Medical CenterA Level 1 trauma hospital approximately two miles from Paycor Stadium.
In other videos and photos that surfaced on social media, Bills and Bengals fans gathered outside the UC Medical Center after the incident. Fans held hands and held candles in prayer circles to support Hamlin.
According to Bills, Hamlin is currently listed in sedated and critical condition. University of Cincinnati Medical Center did not expect to make any statement on tuesday morning.
It was a Monday night game left off After Hamlin, the second-year safety collapsed on the field after taking a hard hit on Bengals receiver Tee Higgins in the first quarter. He initially stood up after the impact and became disoriented before falling to the ground on his back.
Hamlin was given CPR on the field after he collapsed and his pulse was restored on the field before he was taken by ambulance to the hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
Jordon Rooney, CEO of sports marketing agency Jaster Athletes, who is Hamlin’s marketing representative and friend, provided an update on Twitter Monday night.
“[Hamlin’s] Vitals returned to normal and he was sedated so a breathing tube could be placed down his throat. They are currently conducting tests,” said Rooney wrote.
Hamlin’s agent, Ira Turner, said at 11:44 p.m. Monday evening that there was “no update at this time.” By Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.