Damar Hamlin had a tongue-in-cheek response to anyone who suggested a substitute or double might have taken his place at the Buffalo Bills game, sharing a photo with Twitter on Jan. 23 of himself standing next to a mural of himself and looking down next to the caption “Clone,” complete with a ninja emoji.
The cryptic caption seemed to refer to a (quite bizarre) rumor circulating in which some social media users (like this one, this oneand this one) suggested Hamlin may have died on the pitch on January 2, and a fake version of him was sent to the game to make it look like he’s still alive. Of course, there was also a lot of speculation, with one person writing: “People really think Damar Hamlin is dead, and there’s a clone because they didn’t show his face. Don’t you understand this what happens to people who go through something like this?” ?” one person tweeted, suggesting his face may have been swollen as a result of his injury and medication. “To people who honestly think Damar Hamlin is a clone… ask for help,” another person bluntly stated. tweeted.
TMZ Sports went so far as to ask insiders about all the clone gossip online, with one source confirming there’s no truth to the speculation and it was really Hamlin at the game. So there we have it.