CSU’s Henry Blackburn Receives Death Threats For Hit That Lacerated Travis Hunter’s Liver

The Colorado State University Police Department, in collaboration with local authorities, has launched an investigation into a series of threats, including death threats, directed at Colorado State defensive back Henry Blackburn and his family.

The threats stem from an incident during Saturday’s game in which Blackburn delivered a big hit on Colorado receiver/corner Travis Hunter, knocking him out of the game and sending him to the hospital.

Buffs fans were outraged over the hit which they considered late and dirty. All of this led to personal information about Blackburn and his family being posted online, leading to threatening phone calls, text messages, and social media posts.

Colorado State Athletic Director Joe Parker expressed deep concern for Blackburn’s safety, stating: “We’re very concerned about our player’s safety, as Henry and his family have continued to receive these threats.”

“Henry never intended to put anyone in harm’s way on the football field. It’s not what we teach or coach. We hope that the irrational vitriol directed at Henry stops immediately.”

The threats began surfacing even before Colorado’s double-overtime victory, with cellphone numbers for Blackburn and his mother being published online. Furthermore, Blackburn’s campus address and his family’s home address were also disclosed.

Blackburn’s hit on Hunter quickly went viral on social media and became a major talking point in the aftermath of the game.

Hunter, who had been one of the breakout stars of the season, briefly returned to the game following the hit but was later evaluated at a local hospital. Coach Deion Sanders confirmed that Hunter would be sidelined for multiple weeks due to the injury.

Colorado State head coach Jay Norvell expressed his dismay at the threats during his press conference yesterday, saying: “It’s just sad that that’s the state of the world we live in. It’s a football game. Let’s not make it more than that. We don’t want anybody to get hurt. We don’t coach that kind of football.”

Norvell also defended Blackburn, describing the hit on Hunter as a “bang-bang play” and emphasizing that such incidents are not a part of their coaching philosophy.

Saturday’s chippy game ratcheted the Colorado-Colorado State rivalry up to an unprecedented level. The game was filled with trash talk, big hits and big plays – all leading to the Buffaloes dramatic come-from-behind victory. 

What did you think about Blackburn’s hit on Henry?