Crazy, disturbing Damar Hamlin conspiracy theory emerges

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In many respects, the modern world has lost its damn mind.

Conspiracy theories abound, over anything. Over everything. And it was unavoidable, we suppose, that some nutty conspiracy theory would emerge regarding Bills safety Damar Hamlin.

Our original plan was to ignore it. To give it no attention, no credence, no oxygen. Sometimes, however, it’s important for the rational to expose the irrational, so that some of the rational aren’t tempted to swallow the crazy-ass cheese.

As it relates to Hamlin, there’s actually a theory — completed unsupported by a shred of evidence — that Hamlin died from the COVID vaccine and that he has been replaced by a body double.

Think about that one. The person who attended Sunday’s game between the Bengals and Bills isn’t Damar Hamlin. It’s someone else, disguised as Damar Hamlin. And, presumably, his family and his teammates are in on it.

It made for an interesting premise in the movie Dave. It makes for an embarrassingly ridiculous suggestion in the real-life story of Damar.

And some in the media are presenting it as if it’s a subject of legitimate debate. Earlier this week, Josh Allen was actually asked — with a straight face — to respond to it.

Modern journalism often raises thorny questions of reporting facts versus expressing opinions. The specific facts the media chooses to report often carry strong implicit opinions. Simply by acknowledging a kooky conspiracy theory (without quickly calling it kooky), we’re essentially saying, “Many people are saying . . . .”

So if we in the media are going to mention something that we know or should know is wrong, we need to have the willingness to say, “Folks, this is wrong. People should know better. You should know better. Please, apply some common sense.”

Thus, to summarize: Folks, this is wrong. People should know better. You should know better. Please, apply some common sense.

How would that look in this case? Well, instead of presenting the subject to Allen as something that “mainstream media outlets” are “saying the fix is in, that was not Damar” and asking him to “debunk” it, the question would have gone something like this: “Josh, have you seen this crazy fucking story about Damar Hamlin dying from the COVID vaccine and being replaced by a body double? Can you believe someone would actually buy that bullshit?”

93 responses to “Crazy, disturbing Damar Hamlin conspiracy theory emerges

  1. Never heard that, the only people I see spreading that rumor are those that get paid for clicks. I did hear the one that it was a body double at the game (but not that he was dead) since no one actually saw his face. I did think it was pretty ridiculous though that the Bills didn’t announce his presence at the stadium until they needed a third down stop at the goal line- lol.

  2. Conspiracy theories have been proven to be rather accurate over the last few decades. From 2016 through 2020 all we were told by the media is ‘Russia, Russia, Russia + collusion’, when the facts clearly showed that the narrative was false. Same goes for ‘COVID’.
    Therefore it is not implausible for the media to be in on the Damar Hamlin body double story, follow the money and motivation, his family stands to make money, the media uses the story for content purposes, the imposter makes some money for his part. This is definitely possible.

  3. What was Hamlin’s vaccination status? You used to fixate about that above and beyond everything else, what happened there?

  4. Such theories are not entirely surprising given that all the photos and video taken of Damar Hamlin at the Buffalo stadium did not show anybody who be conclusively identified as Hamlin, particularly when those around him were dressed and uncovered in a fashion that would allow them to be identified. Certainly, too many people would have had to have been in on the switch, but the fact is that no video shown from the Buffalo stadium would constitute any sort of proof that the masked individual dressed in the hooded jacket was actually Damar Hamlin.

  5. Lol I can’t stop laughing at this. It makes 0 sense and it’s funny because the story actually has legs. I did see a couple of these conspiracy videos and it was odd he was walking around concealing his face and staying away from cameras but what’s being peddled is really the last thing I’m thinking. I’m sure he will speak about this in time. Just funny nonsense.

  6. Our original plan was to ignore it. To give it no attention, no credence, no oxygen. Sometimes, however, it’s important to get more clicks to the website.*

  7. I wondered how long it would take for this to be mentioned in PFT (no snark – was just curious). Continued prayers for Damar and his family and the doctors treating him. And ‘Dave’ was actually a pretty decent movie if you had no expectation and just wanted to enjoy a flick.

  8. As we have seen from the past 7-8 years or so, people will believe anything the media will tell them. Why is this surprising to anyone?

  9. There is a non-covid related reason for him using a body double. Perhaps he felt pressure to attend the game to give the team a boost since many outlets (including this one) predicted that he would. He may have not felt up to going to the game, but wanted to see if he could give the team and crowd a boost so he planned with him family (and possibly stadium security) to have a cousin/friend or whoever go covered up to act as him. That is possible. I’m not saying he is dead, but that could have very well been a body double.

  10. It takes a serious commitment to be paranoid enough to believe this story. You don’t just wake up one morning and go full antivaxxer.

  11. Some people just need to believe there’s a “boogie man” around everyone corner to help justify their perception of reality. i.e. alternative facts.

  12. The fact that there are so many of these nonsense theories out there that have life is a direct result of a broken education system that doesn’t teach critical thinking, among other skills.

  13. Thank you for pointing out the absurdity, the stupidity of such alt conspiracies. Reminds us all of the dangers Maga-crowd presents.

  14. Hey for years we heard about Russian Collusion and it was a big lie that was propagated by the media and the opposition party.

  15. Sadly, those same people are now “leaders” in congress. We’re f’n doomed as a society

  16. I agree that a connection to Covid is pretty far-fetched (although not 0%), but my big question is why did Hamlin keep his face covered by a hoodie all game even though he was in an indoor suite. Conspiracy question: “what was he hiding on his head/face?”

  17. Don’t laugh. That would explain K’Neal Harry’s performance after coming out of college. Great! I knew Bill Belichick wasn’t to blame for that horrendous first round pick.

  18. Steele Dossier anyone? The media and their allies coordinate lies via social media and this craziness surprises you?.

  19. It is unfortunate a political party have to weaponize COVID to create doubt by drawing people in emotionally just to earn votes. People also can’t tell the difference between watching news vs watching commentary. It’s sad.

  20. Now it is all coming together because I could have sworn that was Kirk Cousins out there playing as Josh Allen and Antonio Brown playing as Diggs…

  21. This is just the way these days. The internet is awesome – but also terrible.

    How many crazy conspiracy theories do we hear just in the comments on this site? It’s jaw-dropping reading the reactions on some of these articles – especially when the league decided to do a neutral site in the playoffs. But really, all season.

  22. If I could buy stock in human stupidity I’d be in position to buy the Commanders.

  23. This stuff sells because the cognitive sophistication of the public is pitifully low as reflected by our current political divide. Truth is not longer respect rather reject when in conflict with a persons agenda. People have become mentally lazy and easily fooled hence the popularity of entertain news like Fox etc.

  24. Well now the bell has been rung for all the red-hatters to make their presence known. Thanks for nothing, PFT.

  25. Yes that conspiracy theory is dumb and baseless, but this piece reads like Mike is lashing out because he, very publicly, ate the crazy cheese about the vaccine in the first place.

  26. The entire conspiracy would need to be kicked off by Damar Hamlin first being famous, important, and popular enough to go to the trouble of getting a body double for him.

  27. This is ridiculous and totally distracts from the real story, which is that Roger Goodell is an overgrown leprechaun and has hidden it away in Russell Wilson’s office, which is why Russell was given the office in the first place, so he can guard it.

    Furthermore, in case you were wondering, the NFL actually has an underground bunker under Giants stadium where they store the Arc of the Covenant, right between to two crates marked “The Vikings hope of winning a Super Bowl” and “Aaron Rodgers’ team spirit”, all of which are never to be seen again.

  28. upthegut40 says:
    January 25, 2023 at 1:12 pm
    How did this society get so ignorant/crazy/delusional/stupid?

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    1. The internet.
    2. Narcissism and running to the web to validate any nonsense as a racist, low IQ or bigoted person can find to validate their feelings, and a black president being elected triggering that.
    3. People skipping college and pretending the internet and social media is an education. somehow thinking it’s the cool thing to do.
    4. Having very poor critical thinking skills by not attending college to learn those skills.
    5. Not understanding basic concepts and what a primary source means and its importance when making a decision or using deductive logic, relying on made up or secondary sources that get repeated regularly.

    “If you tell a lie big enough, and repeat it over and over, some people end up believing it.”

    – Josef Goebbels

  29. some of the same people that are making fun of this nonsense are the same that think the league is rigged or fixed.

  30. There’s pictures of him in his hospital bed 3 days after his recovery. It is cold in Buffalo, he still had lung and breathing issues, is immuno-compromised and probably needs to keep his face covered to prevent Covid, flu, etc. These people need to get a life!

  31. Conspiracy theories have gotten way out of control since the days of Bigfoot and UFO’s

  32. jerruhjones says:
    January 25, 2023 at 1:20 pm
    Drugs are bad….mmmmmkay.

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    I’d argue this nonsense is worse for your brain than drugs or concussions.

  33. Never heard of this, but I know that vaccines are great for you, cause media shills are paid to insist it.

    Also our pressurized environment is surrounded by and adjacent to a vacuum with no solid separation in between, and we’re also spinning, orbiting and flying at thousands of miles per hour through the alleged vacuum.

  34. A depressingly large segment of the population starts with the conspiracy conclusion they want to be true and then look for or create supposed “facts” that would lead to that conclusion. Even more depressing is that many of them vote and have children.

  35. The next chapter is the FBI is going to do a pre-dawn raid of his house looking for the fake body double, but they’re checking which way he votes first before deciding.

  36. Is it plausible that he is alive but wasn’t well enough to come to the game, so they did use a body double in an effort to give the crowd/team a boost?

  37. dingodango says:
    January 25, 2023 at 2:20 pm
    A depressingly large segment of the population starts with the conspiracy conclusion they want to be true and then look for or create supposed “facts” that would lead to that conclusion. Even more depressing is that many of them vote and have children.

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    And, they believe NE spied on their opponents and Brady deflated footballs.

    Why?

    Because Goodell and the owners KNEW people would love to believe that to feel better about themselves for not being as good.

  38. billsrthefuture says:
    January 25, 2023 at 2:05 pm
    TB6 – no one out-conspiracies you.

    What an ironic response to this article.

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    Yet you got duped by Goodell and some owners trying to sell you the idea NE somehow cheated.

    You got duped. You were warned at the time. It’s not a “conspiracy”. It’s about money and ego. Haven’t you people read Shakespeare?

    Goodell used the oldest propaganda tricks in the book because he knew he could. He had the audience.

    We only learned AFTER the framejobs of the truth. Don’t force me to post that Cowher interview again.

  39. dixieboytruckstop says:
    January 25, 2023 at 1:24 pm
    We’re moving closer and closer toward Idiocracy

    What’s up scrow. I agree. This conspiracy theory is baseless and laughable. Yea. The NFL needs to cover up a death because of a vaccine. Sure. Honestly that would be the easiest way out for the NFL. A death on the field due to collision would doom the sport. A death due to vaccination. No the NFL is okay. So this is just dumb on 100 different levels.

  40. I don’t believe the COVID conspiracies or that he’s dead, but it’s strange that he covered his face the entire time. Not from a hoodie. I wear hoods all the time, inside also. But he had a face mask and sunglasses on every time he was shown. At least from what I saw. If he took it off at anytime and showed his face then forget this comment. But the fans and his team could definitely get an emotional lift from him being there. I’m not saying I blame him at all. The guy almost died a week before and people were pushing for him to be at the game. If he physically couldn’t make it then what is he supposed to do? If I was ever in the same situation I could see having my brother do the same thing. Does that mean that’s what happened? No. Is it possible? Maybe

  41. I think the wrong person is quoting Josef Goebbels . Someone pushing Roger Goodel conspiracies about the Pats has absolutely not place quoting Goebbels it’s the height of hypocrisy.

  42. Vasteelerfan says:
    January 25, 2023 at 2:48 pm
    I think the wrong person is quoting Josef Goebbels . Someone pushing Roger Goodel conspiracies about the Pats has absolutely not place quoting Goebbels it’s the height of hypocrisy.

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers cheateed for 15 years under Cowher and there are asterisks along all of their titles:

    2010:
    Bill Cowher: “You know, let me just say this: To answer your question, no, I don’t think so (it’s not an advantage for one team over another).
    I just know as a head coach, you are always looking for a competitive edge. We had people out there trying to look at signals. We had guys go to games. They would tape the signal caller and also write it down. They would take it back and match up the signals with the game film and certain defenses with certain plays that were being called, particularly the defenses being called, to see if we could come up with some kind of an alert for a signal. So, what they did with videotaping the signal caller, people do it with the people in the stands!!
    These people sitting there in the stands, looking at the signal, writing it down and matching up the 1st and 10 signal. Ok? Then you go back again and the 2nd and 10 and here’s the signal. You do that for a whole game.
    You then go back and match up the defenses with the signal. And you can come up with what the signal was.
    So, you don;’t need a video tape with what they were talking about doing. And people were doing it. WE were doing that. Everybody does that. You’re TRYING to gain a competitive edge. There is nothing wrong with that.
    That’s why baseball players go through the mirage of signals. They’ve got all these different codes. That’s part of the competitive spirit of the game. I think it’s totally overblown. I think if you get caught (signals compromised), then do what we did and go to wristbands, you are worried about it. We started putting defenses on wristbands. Then you find a way to not get caught (signals compromised). When your good at something and people try steal from ya, I think it’s flattering.”

  43. It’s not that crazy considering everything that’s happened over the last few years. He had a lot of security around him, didn’t show his face, or talk to anyone, especially on camera.

  44. I wish you would have done with this one like you do with some of this stuff when you say I won’t publish it here. I don’t need this kind of stuff in my life. Let’s not bring the crazy people to the mainstream anymore. Let that be the New Year’s resolution. I know it’s harder these days with so many of them out here and in prominent places.

  45. It’s awesome how this comments section evolved. Couldn’t have scripted it better.

    I might have added “Twilight Zone” music. But otherwise, it’s perfect.

  46. even more alarming are the people that VOTE these conspiracy theorist into Congress or the Senate

  47. Why do people believe in conspiracies…..your answer is here when someone quotes Josef Goebbels and claims their are asterisks on every Steeler trophy…..next it will be space laser deflecting Mac Jones passes…lol Trolls are cute when you make them mad.

  48. There is no way that anyone with half a brain gives credence to this stuff. Then again, I have spent 15 years reading PFT comments and there are plenty of commenters that apparently have half a brain.

  49. Well, it was strange that he never showed his face. And after the last two years especially of the government, media and big pharma coordinating to spread all sorts of lies it’s no surprise that people start looking for conspiracies everywhere.

    What’s hard to believe Florio is how you have not questioned Hamlin’s jab status after your almost minute by minute coverage demonizing anyone who even questioned the jab.

  50. Absurd? Probably. But give a single reason for “hiding “. There’s gotta be a reason for it. Legit question, there has to be a reason for it. So instead of letting absurd rumors fly, why doesn’t someone give an explanation? For what it’s worth I believe 100% his condition was jab related, but I also believe it was him. But none of this is as absurd as believing what any national news company says, regardless which side they or you represent.

  51. I know Todd Bowles passed away week 1 and an Alien who knows nothing about football ,took over his body. Tom knows it’s true.

  52. I heard that Damar has a box of classified documents at his house. Is anyone going to check?
    /s

  53. I heard that when poor Dwayne Haskins met his tragic, untimely death and was run over by not 1 but 2 vehicles, someone resembling Roger Goodell drove the truck!

  54. Allen followed up his damar statement with that he believes the moon landing conspiracy theory….

    Allen, you’re dead to me.

  55. Yes, and Paul McCartney died and was replaced as well… maybe by the same person. hahahaha

  56. Vasteelerfan says:
    January 25, 2023 at 3:18 pm
    Why do people believe in conspiracies…..your answer is here when someone quotes Josef Goebbels and claims their are asterisks on every Steeler trophy…..next it will be space laser deflecting Mac Jones passes…lol Trolls are cute when you make them mad.

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    “It’s Easier to Fool People Than It Is to Convince Them That They Have Been Fooled.” – Mark Twain

  57. ThumbsDown6 seems to have been triggered by the conspiracy handle he so rightly deserves?

    Quote for ThumbsDown6,” better to remain silent and appear the fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt” by too many wise men.

  58. ‘Moon Over Parador’ came before ‘Dave’ and is far superior. C’mon Florio!

  59. The next chapter is the FBI is going to do a pre-dawn raid of his house looking for the fake body double, but they’re checking which way he votes first before deciding.

  60. touchback, post the Cowher interview. I challenge you to do it. It’s fantasy anyway, so post it!! Back up your threat, kid.

  61. That Cowher quote isn’t even him! They interviewed one of the Steeler scouts and posted his comments as Cowher’s. One gullible kid is touchback.

  62. ThumbsDown6 seems to have been triggered by the conspiracy handle he so rightly deserves?
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    He deserves it. He’s even claimed that he is employed. It’s very sad.

  63. As a sports journalist would you feel better if it was attributed to “unnamed sources around the team” 😉

  64. I know the thread is dying out but adding a thought. I’m no conspiracy theorist but again I do believe what happened was jab related. My opinion, may not be yours. I’m just going by the 3 personal friends that had moderate to serious reactions. One was a case of Bell’s palsy. I think that’s a more logical explanation as to why he was bundled with hoodie, mask, and sunglasses. There needs to be a balance out there. In my opinion I’m one of the logical ones. There’s a reason he was hiding. Are thousands of people hiding he died? No, and once whatever is wrong with him clears up that he had to hide and he’s truly in the public, he’ll prove it and those people will be ridiculed. But on the other side, the jab has absolutely been proven to be unsafe and ineffective. My own doctor, while trying to convince me to get jabbed, said it was 50/50 in the office those that missed time sick and those that were fine after. Anybody remember all the baseball players missing games due to vaccine side effects, or was that somehow forgotten? So to those that still think it’s 100% safe and effective, they get ridiculed as well.

  65. It’s amazing how many people on here believe this and a lot of other nonsense. Scary future for our society.

  66. It’s the internet. Now that crazy people have easy means to find each other, idiotic things like this grow legs very easily and quickly. A sad indictment of our country.

  67. It would be crazy if it was a body double. I don’t have an opinion either way, but I gotta admit the whole scene on Sunday’s game with Hamlin all bundled up with a mask and sunglasses seemed very strange.

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