There are some Minnesota Vikings fans who trashed Stefon Diggs on his way out the door. He’s a crybaby and he doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Good riddance!
Then there are some Vikings fans who destroyed the organization the day the trade was announced and immediately went and bought a No. 14 Buffalo Bills jersey. Of course, he wants to leave. Who would want to play in an offense from 1993? All Zimmer does is run. We’ll never keep a superstar receiver happy here.
The two sides sent blame flying back-and-forth between the diva receiver, the conservative coach, and the shortsighted GM. Then Minnesota drafted Justin Jefferson, and most of the state happily moved on.
Diggs had never directly addressed questions about how he was as a teammate in that situation. But on Tuesday, while meandering his way through an answer in front of reporters, he stumbled into admitting he was a bad teammate on his way out of Minnesota:
I hate talking about old stuff … but up to me wanting to go to another place, I was a good teammate. It wasn’t until I wanted to do something else is when I became a bad teammate. So as far as when things are going good, it’s all good until it’s not good.
Diggs has continuously repeated that he believed Buffalo was a fresh start, but this is the first time we’ve seen him step past that and admit his role in the end of his time in Minnesota.
It’s important to know that this response was to a line of questioning about his new role as a team captain. Things went great for Diggs last year and seem to be only getting better. There are Vikings fans who will spend the season telling the Bills Mafia that they better hope the winning continues or Diggs will get loud, and then there are those who will spend every Sunday shouting This is why Diggs left! at Mike Zimmer through a TV screen. But this little slip-up should give most people closure. He admitted he didn’t do things right at the end, and Minnesota got Justin Jefferson. Win-win.
As one of those rare even-keeled fans, and as someone who truly appreciated Digg’s contributions, here’s to hoping he has another dynamite year and winds up just one receiving yard behind Jefferson. And for good measure that the two receivers get to square off against one another in the Super Bowl.
Here’s his full answer: