Deion Sanders speaks out against reported death threats toward Colorado State safety: 'This is a game'
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The Colorado Buffaloes found a way to win a chippy game against the Colorado State Rams on Saturday, moving to 3-0 in Deion Sanders’ first season as head coach.
While Colorado remained undefeated by beating Colorado State in overtime, the victory cost the Buffaloes one of their star players.
Travis Hunter, left, of the Colorado Buffaloes gets hit by Colorado State Rams defensive back Henry Blackburn during the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado, on Saturday. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post)
Two-way star Travis Hunter will be out for several weeks after taking an illegal hit from Colorado State safety Henry Blackburn in the first half of Saturday's contest. Despite referees throwing a flag for unnecessary roughness, Blackburn wasn’t ejected from the game.
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Blackburn has reportedly been receiving death threats that university police and local authorities have been looking into following his hit on Hunter during their game, Rams’ athletic director Joe Parker told ESPN.
On Tuesday, Sanders condemned those who reportedly sent death threats to the senior safety.
"Henry Blackburn is a good player who played a phenomenal game," Sanders said. "He made a tremendous hit on Travis on the sideline. You can call it dirty, you can call it ‘he was just playing the game of football.’
"But whatever it was, it does not constitute that he should be receiving death threats. This is still a young man trying to make it in life. A guy that is trying to live his dream and hopefully graduate with honors or a degree, committed to excellence and go to the