Sammy Watkins: My comments were inappropriate

AP

Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins posted another comment to Instagram Wednesday, but this one probably won’t have to be deleted after the public gets a chance to read it.

Watkins got some attention earlier this week when he responded to people who posted comments on a picture of Watkins and his daughter enjoying themselves at Disney World during a week off for the Bills. The majority of those comments were not tips about which rides were worth taking twice. They were unsurprising and often vitriolic criticism of Watkins for being injured and Watkins responded by calling those people “losers” with “little jobs” who should “get a life.”

Watkins later deleted his comment, which was a pretty empty gesture given the lifespan of things posted on the internet. He doubled back on Wednesday to post an apology for his “inappropriate” comments and that he criticism is “part of the game.” Watkins also said that he’s frustrated about being injured because he wants to “help the team and win for the city of Buffalo and for my teammates.”

It’s never a good move for a professional athlete to mock the lives and jobs of others, even when the desire to do so comes from as reasonable a place as Watkins’s displeasure with people using a picture of him and his daughter as a platform to slam him. If he can’t avoid taking that bait, it’s probably best to share his social media life only with those he knows since it’s long been clear that opening such things to the masses is going to lead to negative comments for Watkins and just about everyone else in the public eye.

48 responses to “Sammy Watkins: My comments were inappropriate

  1. Here is the problem with making a comment in the heat of the moment, you will regret it later. Best thing is sit on the reaction for an hour and work through your feelings. If it still sounds good, then post it. If not, drop it and go on with life.

  2. The really dedicated players who are injured usually hang around during their bye week and seek treatment. Great that he took his child to Disney but he has 6 months during the off-season to do that too.

  3. His comments are NOT inappropriate, if I am off work and enjoying my time with my daughter. I would respond the same way. Had the mother of this kid took a photo and said “Too bad Sammy couldn’t be here with his daughter” People would have ridiculed him for that. He is right get a life!

  4. Too late. Those insignificant little people in their crummy jobs … also known as the fans … have long memories. Enjoy your career being hated.

  5. @notthesameolelions

    Nail on the head. Doesn’t matter what line of work your in the first priority is being a parent. Anyone who suggests putting your family second so you can return to the team and rehab is either a terrible parent or does not have children.

  6. In his defense the whole team was there, because Rex Ryan spent all week arguing with an animatronic Yeti at the roller coaster.

  7. byrnestj7 says:
    Oct 28, 2015 3:28 PM

    More upset with Bills fans on this. Watkins lost his cool, but social media gives a voice to people that shouldn’t have a voice
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    Gives people a voice that shouldn’t have a voice? I fought for this nation (The U.S.A) so that all of our citizens could have a voice to voice anything that they please. I have many friends that gave their lives for this nation and here you are proclaiming that they shouldn’t have any voice at all?

    That’s a shame, that’s a real shame. But I fought and my friends died so that fools like you could have your voice.

    Try to respect others rights, because one day it could be YOURS that are being threatened.

  8. Being a professional athlete doesn’t mean you should just have to take it when people spew hatred towards you. The terrible comments that Watkins received should not have been sent in the first place, and fans should also be accountable and treat people with more respect!

  9. I’d never tell a pro athlete how to live his life. Social media exists so people can have a voice. Good advice by glenuendo above about tweeting or writing a “mad” letter. Write it, read it, wait to post it..then read it again. What Watkins said was more indicative of him a a person. Maybe he feels that way. He’s an entertainer. Everyone’s a critic. Welcome to the pro football world Sammy. Hope you heal up soon and get back to helping the Bills win some football titles.

  10. Tweet about saving puppies and orphans all day if you like, nobody will care. Twitter is about the hate.

    All Twitter is good for, all anybody cares about regarding Twitter, is always about hating something.

    Stay away.

  11. What…what! A player for rex ryan says something incredibly stupid like he has turrets syndrome and then takes it back? Apologies even?!

    Rex would tell him: that’s not how its done son. You say something outrageous and then when people comment you back it up with something even more outrageous”!

    Or…maybe since little sammy’s tirade was aimed at how he was being played instead of something outrageous about an opponent or boasting about how good he was or much he was going to accomplish with no basis….maybe that wasn’t so ok with rex.

    Getting a little sensitive aren’t we Rex. Everyone should be able to say or do whatever they want shouldn’t they rex? That’s always been the rex ryan way in the past anyway.

  12. And once again I find myself asking if anything really worthwhile has come from a professional athlete using social media to do anything other than promote a charity

  13. To the guy that said he fought for this nation to give people a voice…… I served too and I’ll be the first to tell you that’s probably the last thing you were fighting for

  14. To all of you who say this is what Bills fans deserve because we talked trash- please don’t collectivize us. Many of us didn’t. There’s just a handful who are a problem. It’s the same idea as 90% of NFL players are fine upstanding citizens, but the other 10% give the entire league a bad name.

    I never wanted Rex, I force fed belief in him to keep sane and keep optimistic, and I think anyone who says “get rid of Sammy” is a moron.

    -Signed a rational, loyal and oh-so-tired of cheering for a loser, Bills fan.

  15. His comments are NOT inappropriate, if I am off work and enjoying my time with my daughter. I would respond the same way. Had the mother of this kid took a photo and said “Too bad Sammy couldn’t be here with his daughter” People would have ridiculed him for that. He is right get a life!
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    He certainly has a right to take his daughter wherever he wants. The problem is that he makes Millions of dollars playing football and being a representative of the Bills on and off the field. If he can’t take the negative responses maybe he shouldn’t have posted.

    Calling people losers and such that pay your salary probably isn’t his best move….

    #whatayear

  16. To the guy that said he fought for this nation to give people a voice…… I served too and I’ll be the first to tell you that’s probably the last thing you were fighting for
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    Well, you are able to state your opinion so….

  17. social media gives a voice to people that shouldn’t have a voice

    And it has a high loser ratio. There is a large, large segment of the population that doesn’t care about twitter. The sports world is fixated on it.

    Remember fan is short for fanatic.

  18. I have only bought 2 jerseys in my life. One was Sammy Watkins…… the other Derrick Rose. I have a curse because they are both always hurt and act the same way about it. My next jersey purchase will be Tom Brady. Your Welcome AFC East.

  19. same fan base who were outraged when Jonas Enroth attended a concert when he was injured.Wish the fans realized that players have lives also. I realize the majority of the negative fans are kids or keyboard warriors.Just wish they wouldn’t run our top players away with negative crap.I also wish sensitive players would just get rid of their social media or make there accounts private.Oh well

  20. All will be forgotten as soon as he catches a touchdown pass. He should be frustrated as are all bills fans. Still pulling for them no matter what.

  21. Social media is wonderful in many ways – but the fact that it allows schmucks like us to get all tough and angry at players who are disrupting fantasy stats is really stupid.

  22. ybthatway says:
    Oct 28, 2015 4:36 PM
    To the guy that said he fought for this nation to give people a voice…… I served too and I’ll be the first to tell you that’s probably the last thing you were fighting for
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    Well, you are able to state your opinion so….
    _______________

    Many of us served and I think we can honestly say that the last thing we were fighting for was still something we were fighting for. Yes, we are all entitled to our idiot opinions as surely as we are all special and unique…just like everyone else. The fact that we have freedom of expression does not mean we are entitled to freedom from disagreement.

  23. vbe2 says:
    Oct 28, 2015 3:45 PM

    byrnestj7 says:
    Oct 28, 2015 3:28 PM

    More upset with Bills fans on this. Watkins lost his cool, but social media gives a voice to people that shouldn’t have a voice
    ============================
    Gives people a voice that shouldn’t have a voice? I fought for this nation (The U.S.A) so that all of our citizens could have a voice to voice anything that they please. I have many friends that gave their lives for this nation and here you are proclaiming that they shouldn’t have any voice at all?

    That’s a shame, that’s a real shame. But I fought and my friends died so that fools like you could have your voice.

    Try to respect others rights, because one day it could be YOURS that are being threatened

    thank you for your service,

    people should more often exercise their right to shut up if they have nothing but hateful anonymous comments to offer. I suppose cowards have rights as well

  24. byrnestj7 says:
    Oct 28, 2015 3:28 PM

    More upset with Bills fans on this. Watkins lost his cool, but social media gives a voice to people that shouldn’t have a voice

    change shouldn’t have to probably don’t deserve and I’m with you

  25. @vb2:

    First, Thank you for your service.

    I think everyone deserves voice, but I’m sure you can agree that blasting a pro athlete on Twitter for taking his kid to Disneyland is not the scenario you and your brothers had in mind.

    Freedom is the best, but some people abuse the right by spewing nonsense in the name of “having a voice”.

    “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
    —Abe Lincoln—

  26. Watkins rightfully apologized

    How about an apology from Buffalo fans for saying anything related to him and his daughter

    Kids are out of bounds – for everyone – period

    I won’t judge Buffalo fans collectively over this – every team has some fans that are idiots

    But that’s where the main blame lies in this case – fans who went out of bounds

  27. I have never understood “social media”. Twitter, FB, etc seem to be about nothing more than the unwarranted elevation of the inconsequential to the epic. If I cared about your life, I’d ask you. These days everyone thinks they’re the center of the universe. Guess what? None of us is. Get over yourselves, people!

  28. If you post something to instagram for all to see and don’t anticipate trolling after how much of an injured bust you’ve been this year, I can’t help you Sammy. It’s fairly simple: just have some perspective and foresight– trolls aren’t going away so don’t seem so indignant when you bait them.

  29. Rather than try to quote the few people that I want to quote and jumble it all up, I’ll say this.

    To the person that says that I wasn’t fighting for what I was fighting for, well, I fought for what was in my heart. I fought for my ideals. I fought to keep terrorists away from our shores, because they surely wish to come here and remove your voice. Be it with killing or removing your rights.

    To those that speak of keeling ‘idiot opinions to yourself’, well that’s always a good idea and I do not defend idiot opinions. Only the idiots rights to voice their opinions.

    Popular speech is not what needs protecting, it’s the unpopular, the fringe and the ‘out there’ speech that need protecting. Because what’s popular today, may be ‘fringe’ tomorrow and it may be your ‘idiot opinion’ that gets targeted next.

    So don’t defend those that you agree with. Stand up for those that you disagree with. Stand up for the idiot, because it’s the idiot that needs you to stand for him or her.

  30. There’s a better chance I wrote the Declaration of Independence than there is that Sammy wrote that response. Did you read his first rant? It looks like it was written by a 1st grader in crayon. The response about it being inappropriate was clearly written by someone else.

  31. Great example of the need of people, especially athletes to stay off of social media. Two reasons.

    First there will usually always be some people no matter what you do as an athlete with negative comments towards you, just look at the great Peyton Manning – first in their division but not good enough! Really folks!

    Second for younger athletes in high school and college- you can either lose your scholarship or not be offered one due to morality clauses usually found in athletic scholarships.

    Best suck it up, stay away from the social media and just perform your best on and off the field being able to look yourself in the mirror and know you have

  32. Wow. There a lot of people here who are perfect and have never said anything that they apologized for later.

    Continue.

  33. I wonder what kind of small job he will be qualified for after he blows through that NFL money? Surely that great college education will qualify him for a fantastic white collar career.

    Wait, what, he didn’t graduate? Oh….that might change things….

    Enjoy trying to find a small job that you’re qualified for after football. Perhaps something in the french fry preparation business?

    –Mike

  34. How many people made dumb comments ? 10 people ? 20 people ? are we sure they’re Bills fans ?

    Let’s assume they are Bills fans and it was 20 people. Really dude ? 20 people set you off ? you realize the size of the fan base for the Buffalo Bills ? you have a sold out stadium every week and it’s one of the largest stadiums in the NFL and the Bills have not made the playoffs since 1999.

    Don’t let a couple people get at you. You have to have thick skin, you’re in the spotlight now. Us Bills fans love our players.

    When McKelvin made a play a few years ago that cost us the game against the Patriots, somebody burned his lawn or something. The next game, about a 100 Bills fans went down to the sideline to cheer on McKelvin and show him a ton of love. I think he was cheered onto the field.

    If you wear a Bills uniform, we support you to a fault. You’re one of our guys and that’s always how it’s been.

    The haters can hate, it happens everyday all over the NFL.

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