THE Colorado Buffaloes found a way to win a quick game against the Colorado State Rams on Saturday, improving to 3-0 in Deion Sanders’ first season as head coach.
While Colorado remained undefeated by beating State of Colorado in overtime, the victory cost the Buffaloes one of their star players.
Two-way star Travis Hunter will be out for several weeks after taking a hit from Colorado State safety Henry Blackburn in the first half of Saturday’s game. Although the referees threw a flag for unnecessary roughness, Blackburn was not ejected from the match.
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Blackburn allegedly received death threats that university police and local authorities investigated following his hit on Hunter during their game, Rams athletic director Joe Parker told ESPN.
On Tuesday, Sanders condemned those who allegedly threatened to kill senior security officials.
“Henry Blackburn “He’s a good player who played a phenomenal game,” Sanders said. “He hit a huge hit on Travis on the sidelines. You can say it’s dirty, you can say ‘he was just playing football.’
“But regardless, that doesn’t mean he should get death threats. He’s still a young man trying to make it in life. A guy trying to live his dream and hopefully he, to graduate with honors, committed to excellence and go to the NFL. He doesn’t deserve a death threat for one game.
Blackburn’s cell phone number, along with his mother’s, was leaked online, leading to numerous calls and text messages. His campus address and his family’s home address were also released.
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“At the end of the day, it’s a game. Someone has to win, someone has to lose,” Sanders continued. “Everyone goes on with their lives the next day. It’s very unfortunate. I’m saddened if there is any fan of ours who is on the other side of these threats. I hope and pray I don’t , but this kid was just playing to the best of his ability and he made a mistake.
“So, I forgive him, our team forgives him. Travis, he forgave him. Let’s move on, but this kid doesn’t deserve this.”
Sanders provided an update on Hunter’s condition Tuesday, saying the sophomore was released from the hospital.
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“Travis is doing great. He came out of the hospital yesterday” Sanders said. “He’s home. Doing homework, playing video games, being Travis.
“He can’t wait to get back to doing what he’s capable of.”
The Colorado Buffaloes are heading to No. 10 Oregon Saturday for their first Pac-12 game.
Fox News’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report.