Fans blast Skip Bayless after he asked if NFL should postpone game after Damar Hamlin collapse

FOX Sports pundit Skip Bayless sparked fury after he appeared to question whether the NFL should postpone Monday night’s crucial Buffalo Bills game against the Cincinnati Bengals after Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field.

Hamlin, 24, is in critical condition today after attacking rival Bengals receiver Tee Higgins and collapsing before being taken to hospital.

The game was suspended by the NFL after Hamlin was taken off the field in an ambulance – but Bayless wondered how they could stop the game in the final week of the regular season.

“No doubt the NFL is considering postponing the rest of this game – but how? So late in the season, a game of this magnitude is critical to regular season outcome…which suddenly seems so irrelevant,” tweeted Bayless, who joined Fox Sports in 2016 after being an ESPN pundit for 12 years.

FOX Sports pundit Skip Bayless apologized Tuesday for his

FOX Sports pundit Skip Bayless sparked fury after he appeared to be wondering if the NFL should postpone the Buffalo Bills’ crucial Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals after Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field

Hamlin, 24, is in critical condition today after attacking rival Bengals receiver Tee Higgins and collapsing before being taken to hospital

Hamlin, 24, is in critical condition today after attacking rival Bengals receiver Tee Higgins and collapsing before being taken to hospital

Bayless' tweet on Monday shocked the sports world, with ESPN analyst Robert Griffin III leading the black whip:

His tweet sparked fury among NFL fans, with ESPN analyst Robert Griffin III tweeting, “Damar Hamlin’s LIFE is at stake. Get your head out of your ass

His tweet sparked fury among NFL fans, with ESPN analyst Robert Griffin III tweeting, “Damar Hamlin’s LIFE is at stake. Get your head out of your ass.’

NBA star Isaiah Thomas tweeted: “Hope they fire you bro!!! It’s very sad that you’re even thinking about the game.”

One fan tweeted: “A platform as big as yours and you decide to get into a game of someone else’s life? You’re one of the worst out here. Shame on you.’

The backlash forced Bayless to apologize for being asked if the game should be postponed.

Bayless tweeted Tuesday: “Nothing is more important than this young man’s health. That was the point of my last tweet. I’m sorry if that was misunderstood, but his health is all that matters. Again, everything else is irrelevant. I have prayed for him and will continue to do so.’

During the game, The ESPN Monday Night Football show was cut short for commercials four times when Hamlin was treated on the field.

After the ambulance left the field, reports initially suggested the game would resume after a five-minute warm-up, sparking an outpouring of anger on social media.

Vincent said the league took no steps to restart play and did not ask players to begin a five-minute warm-up, as ESPN’s broadcasters announced.

“It never occurred to us to talk about warming up to get back into the game,” said Vincent. ‘That’s ridiculous. That’s insensitive. This is not a place we should ever be.’

Hamlin remains in critical condition after collapsing on the field. In one chilling scene, the player was administered CPR on the pitch while surrounded by his tearful teammates.

“Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after scoring in our game against the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored in the field and he was transferred to UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment,” the Bills said in a statement.

“He is currently sedated and in critical condition.”

Bayless apologized for asking whether the Bills-Bengals game should be suspended

The backlash forced Bayless to apologize for being asked if the game should be postponed

Bills players were shocked to see Hamlin receive life saving treatment on the field

Bills’ players were visibly stunned as their teammate received life-saving treatment on the field

Hamlin was injured while tackling Bengals receiver Tee Higgins in what appeared to be a routine game that didn’t appear unusually violent.

The NFL released Hamlin’s condition shortly after he was hospitalized, but neither the league nor the hospital released further details on the 24-year-old’s medical condition. The team’s statement was released before its flight arrived in Buffalo early Tuesday. There was no immediate update on the future status of the game.

On the game, the 6-foot, 200-pound Hamlin was injured, Higgins leading with his right shoulder that hit the defensive back in the chest. Hamlin then wrapped his arms around Higgins’ shoulders and helmet to pull him down.

Hamlin stood up quickly, seemed to be adjusting his face mask with his right hand, then fell back about three seconds later and lay motionless.

Bills players are seen praying for their 24-year-old team-mate after he suffered cardiac arrest

Buffalo Bills players are collapsing in pain after Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest during Monday night’s game

Bengals fans hold a vigil for Hamlin at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, after the football player suddenly collapsed at Highmark Stadium Monday night

Fans gather for a vigil at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for Buffalo Bills soccer player Damar Hamlin, who collapsed after a tackle during Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Ohio

Hamlin was treated at the scene by a team and independent medical staff and local paramedics and was taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Teammate Stefon Diggs later joined Hamlin in the hospital.

About 100 Bills fans and a few Bengals fans gathered on a corner a block from the ER entrance, some holding candles.

Jeff Miller, an NFL executive vice president, told reporters on a conference call early Tuesday that the league had no plans to play the game at the time, adding that the focus was on Hamlin’s health.

An ambulance was on the field four minutes after Hamlin collapsed while many players hugged, including quarterbacks Buffalo’s Josh Allen and Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow.

“Please pray for our brother,” Allen tweeted.

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Maureen Mackey

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