CSU player, family get death threats after hit

Pete Thamel, ESPNSep 18, 2023, 04:45 PM ET

The Colorado State University Police Department and local authorities have looked into threats — including death threats — against Colorado State defensive back Henry Blackburn and his family, athletic director Joe Parker told ESPN on Monday.

Blackburn, a senior from Boulder, delivered an illegal hit on Colorado receiver/corner Travis Hunter in the first half of Saturday’s game that left the two-way star with an undisclosed injury.

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The threats against Blackburn and his family began before Colorado’s double-overtime victory ended, as cellphone numbers for Blackburn and for his mother were published on the internet. Blackburn’s campus address and his family’s home address also got published, Parker told ESPN.

Parker said university and local police have worked in concert to investigate the threats against Blackburn and his family after they were inundated with threatening phone calls and text messages and were targets of threatening social media posts.

“We’re very concerned about our player’s safety, as Henry and his family have continued to receive these threats,” Parker told ESPN. “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



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