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Police officer talks man out of suicide with football discussion

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 25: The helmet of a Washington Redskins player rests on the field during warm ups against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Raymond James Stadium on November 25, 2007 in Tampa, Florida.  The Bucs won 19-13. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) Getty Images

A police officer in South Carolina used a suicidal man’s love of football to talk him off a ledge.

In an incident captured on the officer’s body camera, the man could be seen sitting on an overpass ledge and saying, “I don’t want to live.”

The officer, Michael Blackmore of the Columbia Police Department, began trying to get the man to talk about something he had to live for. At first Blackmore asked about the man’s mother, but the man said his mother died. Blackmore then asked whether the man wanted to watch football this weekend and got him talking about his favorite teams.

“You like watching football? Who’s your team? Redskins?” Blackmore said. “On Sunday when you’re watching the Redskins play, you’ll look back and be like, man, what was I thinking on Friday night? You’re just having a bad night.”

Washington plays Dallas on Sunday, something Blackmore figured the man would want to see.

“I’ll see you some time next week and I’ll say, ‘How about those Redskins,'” Blackmore said. “I’m definitely gonna pull for them when they play Dallas because I hate Dallas.”

After several minutes, the man allowed Blackmore and another officer to approach him, take his hand and pull him back onto the sidewalk.

Blackmore told The State he talked down another suicidal man by talking about football last month.

“It was pretty much the same exact thing,” Blackmore said. “I ended up talking to the guy about football. He told me he was a Notre Dame fan.”

Football gives a lot of people something to live for, and Blackmore, by recognizing that, was a life saver.

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51 Responses to “Police officer talks man out of suicide with football discussion”
  1. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 17, 2016 7:47 AM

    Thank you for a positive story on out police.

  2. theredbengal says: Sep 17, 2016 7:48 AM

    Very cool story. Although Peter King is gonna have a hissy fit that the officer said the name “Redskins”.

  3. fin72 says: Sep 17, 2016 7:49 AM

    Thank god the guy wasn’t a Browns fan.

  4. tronkoopmn says: Sep 17, 2016 7:51 AM

    If football ever becomes the only thing I have to live for then……….no I guess that’s fine

  5. thefootballgodssay says: Sep 17, 2016 7:58 AM

    He must have seen the Monday night beat down the Steelers put on his Washington NFL team

  6. zakkwyldeslespaul says: Sep 17, 2016 8:02 AM

    This is to easy so I’ll just give kudos to the Police Officer for a job well done.

  7. 700levelvet says: Sep 17, 2016 8:04 AM

    Take a knee Kapernick…

  8. clayton268921 says: Sep 17, 2016 8:06 AM

    People that say sports are pointless are just ignorant. Sports move people and motivate people. They bring communities together.

    So happy football is back.

  9. chippysbinky says: Sep 17, 2016 8:13 AM

    Guessing Kaepernick won’t be donning any Blackmore socks. Yeah there are some bad cops but 99% of them are out there doing a job none of us would want to do a lot better than any of us could do it.

  10. freedomofspeechyesway says: Sep 17, 2016 8:16 AM

    That fan won’t kneel.

  11. touchdownelvis says: Sep 17, 2016 8:20 AM

    Don’t try this in Cleveland.

  12. jojopuppyfish says: Sep 17, 2016 8:20 AM


  13. aldavisisthenfl says: Sep 17, 2016 8:35 AM

    Thank God the guy wasn’t a Buffalo fan….

  14. dcowboy77 says: Sep 17, 2016 8:35 AM

    He saved the guy by saying redskins not washington.

  15. billh1947 says: Sep 17, 2016 8:36 AM

    As Colin Kaepernick and the rest of the police haters are thinking,”if he was black the cop would have encouraged him to jump to his death and save the city the cost of the bullet that killed him.”

  16. rypsrifle11 says: Sep 17, 2016 8:37 AM

    Hey thefootballgodssay, you’re an idiot. Sometimes the underlying story is more important than your personal agenda to boast about your team. This is a good story and I can’t imagine ever thinking that death is the only option.

  17. JSpicoli says: Sep 17, 2016 8:37 AM

    Good thing he was not a 49er fan.

    He would have Humpty Dumptied for sure.

  18. grenamier says: Sep 17, 2016 8:45 AM

    Washington better not lay an egg on Sunday.

  19. teamgale88 says: Sep 17, 2016 8:47 AM

    I’m not a black lives matter supporter by any means, by why is this body camera footage available so quickly but it takes months if at all for the more controversial footage?

  20. ctiggs says: Sep 17, 2016 8:49 AM

    Heard he was also a lambs fan.

  21. thewanderer says: Sep 17, 2016 8:51 AM

    Good thing he wasn’t a Browns fan.

  22. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 17, 2016 8:57 AM

    Being a Skins fan was likely the reason he was on the ledge to start with.

  23. therealraider says: Sep 17, 2016 9:02 AM

    I think it was logicalvoice.

  24. whatjusthapped says: Sep 17, 2016 9:07 AM

    Now I hope the Redskins beat the Cowboys, hate to think what he’s going to do if they open the season at 0-2.

  25. john6v54 says: Sep 17, 2016 9:10 AM

    Suddenly I really want the redskins to win this week

  26. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 17, 2016 9:18 AM

    Very cool ……Kudos to the police , suddenly football isnt so important after all ….its just a game…….great job

  27. ohand16 says: Sep 17, 2016 9:22 AM


  28. NFLexpert says: Sep 17, 2016 9:24 AM

    Jeff Fisher is lucky this cop came along….

  29. jag1959 says: Sep 17, 2016 9:25 AM

    teamgale88 says:
    Sep 17, 2016 8:47 AM
    I’m not a black lives matter supporter by any means, by why is this body camera footage available so quickly but it takes months if at all for the more controversial footage?

    In a country with just about as many lawyers as cops you really need to ask that question? Doubtful anyone is going to want that officer prosecuted. I was going to say prosecuted or sued but Blackmore did call ‘the Washington team’ the Redskins so there’s every chance he may not be off the hook with the SJW crowd.

  30. chawkup says: Sep 17, 2016 9:26 AM

    Great story. Excellent job by the Blue Man! I’ll even pass on the incredible platter of jokes that this incident exposes itself to.

  31. biggredbird76 says: Sep 17, 2016 9:31 AM

    I love hearing stories like this. But on the flip side makes me wonder how a thirteen year old boy could not be talked out of a bb gun

  32. saxguru says: Sep 17, 2016 9:42 AM

    Spiffy story.

    Sure is more difficult to find a story like this, than the usual fodder that gets blasted all over the news channels constantly.

    Thanks MDS.

  33. jasons81 says: Sep 17, 2016 9:45 AM

    The thing I like most about this story is how it says “Redskins”

  34. jasons81 says: Sep 17, 2016 9:45 AM

    The thing I like most about this story is how it says “Redskins”

    Screw political correctness

  35. uncommon1 says: Sep 17, 2016 9:45 AM

    @teamgale88 this footage is available right away because there isn’t a criminal investigation. No crime was committed so there’s no concern about the validity of potential witness statements.

  36. lingsun54 says: Sep 17, 2016 9:56 AM

    Good thing the guy wasn’t a Browns fan. Talking about football might have sent him over the edge.

  37. tylawspick6 says: Sep 17, 2016 10:05 AM

    i am surprised there are not more skins fans doing similar things

  38. tncheese says: Sep 17, 2016 10:08 AM

    Good story. All joking aside, my life is full, but I tell everyone that if I could pick the day that I am going to die, it would be the day after the Superbowl. That is the longest time until Football Season starts again! I hste Dallas too, do this week. I say Go Redskins!

  39. abninf says: Sep 17, 2016 10:13 AM

    Hopefully he doesn’t get back on the ledge after the Cowboys destroy the Redskins.

  40. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 17, 2016 10:19 AM

    i hate dallas too

  41. cross300 says: Sep 17, 2016 10:24 AM

    According to Kap all the police are bad dudes. Could a dumb backup qb be wrong?

  42. ohand16 says: Sep 17, 2016 10:34 AM

    Danny Snyder?

  43. youallrfools says: Sep 17, 2016 10:35 AM

    teamgale88 says:
    Sep 17, 2016 8:47 AM
    I’m not a black lives matter supporter by any means, by why is this body camera footage available so quickly but it takes months if at all for the more controversial footage?
    Someone beat me too it but then made it about another agenda.

    The more controversial footage is being used in an investigation which almost always is going to be a felony (as it goes through grand jury, etc.). It becomes evidence in the alleged crime whereas this is just a “feel good” story.

  44. outlawshark says: Sep 17, 2016 11:01 AM

    Football is more than “just a game”. It is a national podium, a national pastime, and a lifeline to some. Great to see this story. American Lives Matter.

  45. kamthechancellor says: Sep 17, 2016 11:34 AM

    Sadly, this story doesn’t fit the media profile of rogue police officers oppressing minorities, so it won’t stay in the headlines long.

  46. sigbouncer says: Sep 17, 2016 11:37 AM

    The late great Hunter S Thompson’s final writing was titled:

    Football Season is Over

  47. charger383 says: Sep 17, 2016 11:43 AM

    good job by good police officer

  48. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 17, 2016 1:29 PM

    A third potential suicide the officer spoke to happened to be a Cowboy fan. He didn’t bother talking the guy down.

  49. mystereo says: Sep 17, 2016 4:30 PM

    Look, when you’re the backup to Blaine Gabbert, you’re bound to be a moron. Yes, Kap, I’m talking to YOU.

  50. starderup says: Sep 17, 2016 6:39 PM

    Here in Atlanta, it may be football that puts you on the ledge in the first place.

  51. defscottyb says: Sep 17, 2016 10:26 PM

    Thank God For The Police 99.9% are good cops.

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