Ex-NFL star Adrian Peterson has publicly apologized to Damar Hamlin after calling the Buffalo Bills safety’s Super Bowl jacket “blasphemous” and “disrespectful.”
Hamlin, a devout Christian, wore a $3,150 Takashi Murakami “Travis Jesus” jacket.
It featured a crucifix with an altered Jesus head.
The jacket provoked a mixed reaction, with many saying the altered image of Jesus was blasphemy.
Peterson responded angrily to the jacket, tweeting to Hamlin: “You should be thanking God son!
“This is Blasphemy!!
“We all fall short but cmon man!
“I find this disrespectful!! #grateful #goddid.”
However, Peterson later followed up with an apology after his criticism of Hamlin went viral.
“So I spoke with Damar, and we were able to discuss our thoughts as men,” he said.
“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.
“After speaking with Damar, I have an understanding that it didn’t come from a place of ill intent! #grateful #god #forgiveness.”
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