Stefon Diggs admits he “became a bad teammate” when he wanted to leave Minnesota

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Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs is heading into his second year in Buffalo after five years in Minnesota, and in talking about his journey this week, he admitted that things turned bad at the end of his tenure with the Vikings.

Diggs acknowledged that it was fair to call him a bad teammate late in his time in Minnesota, before the Vikings traded him to the Bills in March of 2020.

“Coming from my old team — I hate talking about old stuff — but up to me wanting to leave and go to another place, I was a good teammate,” Diggs said. “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. So for me, even then, I always tried to play with a chip on my shoulder and lead my team the best way I know how. Coming here I had a fresh start. It was fair for people to make their assumptions or their assessments from the outside looking in. That’s fair. I just look at it as, when I get there I’ll show them who I am and we’ll go from there. As far as my new chapter with my new team, things are going pretty good.”

Diggs seems happier in Buffalo in part because Josh Allen and the Bills’ offense can utilize his talents better than Kirk Cousins and the Vikings’ offense could. Diggs had career highs in catches (127) and yards (1,535) last season, leading the league in both categories. If he can keep that up, everyone in Buffalo will consider Diggs a very good teammate.

51 responses to “Stefon Diggs admits he “became a bad teammate” when he wanted to leave Minnesota

  1. This is why BB would never have a player like him on his team.

    Jakobi, Gunner, Harry, Nelson… all say hello.

    Team first guys and the results speak for themselves.

  2. Translation:
    The Vikings have a solid running game and will never throw the ball as much as Diggs wants them to. So he pouted when he wasn’t the star of the offense.
    Great talent. Immature person.

  3. I’d like to truly know what Stefon Diggs reaction was when he heard the head coach say the Buffalo Bills need to run the ball more-that’s where Zimmer was (is) coming from.

  4. “So as far as when things are going good, it’s all good until it’s not good.”

    ______

    Things seem to be good so far in Buffalo.

    Guy sounds a little off though, he basically admits what Viking fans have been saying, that he became a problem, and it was on purpose.

    As long as Allen keeps feeding him the ball, probably wont be a problem for the Bills.

  5. It’s too bad he and the Vikings couldn’t have kept their business quiet and behind the scenes, like Rodgers and the Packers were able to do successfully.

  6. Cousins was good enough to combine with Jefferson for 1400 yards last year, it’s not like Diggs beat that by a country mile.

  7. Rare for a WR to admit something was his fault. These guys usually act like divas, blame someone else, and never have any regrets. He’s in a good situation in Buffalo. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t thrive.

  8. Diggs admitted his behavior wasn’t exactly ideal, he got his trade to a pass-first contender where he can finally be a genuine star, and the Vikings had Justin Jefferson fall into their laps in return.

    Seems like everybody won in the end.

  9. Overall it was a win win for both organizations. Jefferson, to date, seems to be a better fit in MN & Diggs is much better and thriving in Buffalo.

  10. touchback6 says:
    September 9, 2021 at 5:14 am
    This is why BB would never have a player like him on his team.

    Jakobi, Gunner, Harry, Nelson… all say hello.

    Team first guys and the results speak for themselves./I>

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    Yes, the results speak for themselves. With 6 other QBs besides Brady, Belichick has amassed an impressive 1 playoff win, and it wasn’t with Bledsoe, on the same team that Brady took to the playoffs upon an injury to Bledsoe, … AFTER Bledsoe starting the season an impressive 0-2 en route to yet another fab season there.

  11. Ironically, the guy the Vikings drafted with the pick they got in the trade set the rookie receiving yards record.

  12. At least he’s honest about it and that adds to his growth as a player and person. You can’t say that about a lot of diva-ish wide receivers. It worked out well for both parties.

  13. touchback6 says:
    September 9, 2021 at 5:14 am
    This is why BB would never have a player like him on his team.

    Jakobi, Gunner, Harry, Nelson… all say hello.

    Team first guys and the results speak for themselves.

    52 183 Rate This
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    LOL, congrats, you just named four receivers that no one knows and who are all definitely much, much worse at their jobs than Stefon Diggs. What results have those guys had again?

  14. “This is why BB would never have a player like him on his team.

    Jakobi, Gunner, Harry, Nelson… all say hello.

    Team first guys and the results speak for themselves.”
    ______________________________

    If BB could, he’d trade all of those guys for Diggs.

    And I seem to remember that the Pats had Moss at one time.

  15. Jefferson will be fed up with Mini in a couple of years. Theilen probably by week 10 this year.

  16. If Diggs wants to be perfectly honest,… it wasn’t about how he was utilized in Minn. It started as a money dispute a couple years earlier and went downhill from there.

  17. Blessing for the Vikings. Jefferson is just as good, maybe better and on the cheap for the next few years…

  18. I think it had more to do with Kirk Cousins and his weird interactions with players on and off of the field.

    It was the same when he was here in Washington. The way Diggs reacted there was exactly how our receivers did to him.

    I think Diggs simply doesn’t want to say his name directly.

  19. I interpreted that quote a different way. Diggs was asked about the perception that he was a bad teammate, and I thought he was being a little sarcastic in his response when he referred to himself as a bad teammate, as though that was just the perception that others on the outside had.

  20. *GASP* I am shocked!- said no one. Guess divas need to be divas. Too bad though, Theilen, Diggs and Jefferson would have been an WR core for the ages. At least no when he starts to “be a bad teammate” in Buffalo the Bills will know why. #giveittime

  21. Diggs I love ya bro but news flash nobody in Minny really cares. Youre where you want to be and JJ took your place. Fair trade to me.

  22. When he does’t get his way, grab his blankie and binky and pout… Glad the Diva is gone, over players that act like this… JJ was a great return

  23. So basically is admitting what EVERYONE already knows. He also confirms that when things inevitably go south for the Bills, he’ll be making a stink again. Good riddance to Diggs, he’s a special talent, but doesn’t have the classiness of Justin Jefferson, Larry Fitzy, etc.

  24. englishguy24601 says:
    September 9, 2021 at 11:13 am
    *GASP* I am shocked!- said no one. Guess divas need to be divas. Too bad though, Theilen, Diggs and Jefferson would have been an WR core for the ages. At least no when he starts to “be a bad teammate” in Buffalo the Bills will know why. #giveittime

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    The Vikings didn’t have a 1st round pick until they traded Diggs so they never would have had Jefferson if they kept Diggs.

  25. Errr. Antonio Brown?

    >>>> This is why BB would never have a player like him on his team. Jakobi, Gunner, Harry, Nelson… all say hello. Team first guys and the results speak for themselves.

  26. Watching the press conference I didn’t interpret Diggs as admitting that he was a bad teammate. I took it that he basically stayed the same person and wasn’t VIEWED as a bad teammate until he wanted out.

  27. Love Diggs, he is so good, people can call him immature & that he went about his business wrong but Diggs did what he had to do to improve his situation. I would rather the Vikings have Josh Allen than Cousins too. I have no problem with Diggs, he is a player I enjoy watching him play the game.SKOL

  28. skolvikings2017 says:
    September 9, 2021 at 12:42 pm
    englishguy24601 says:
    September 9, 2021 at 11:13 am
    *GASP* I am shocked!- said no one. Guess divas need to be divas. Too bad though, Theilen, Diggs and Jefferson would have been an WR core for the ages. At least know when he starts to “be a bad teammate” in Buffalo the Bills will know why. #giveittime

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    The Vikings didn’t have a 1st round pick until they traded Diggs so they never would have had Jefferson if they kept Diggs.

    ***************************************************************************
    YIKES! I forgot about that. In the end it doesn’t really matter. Both teams are pretty happy with the result.

  29. Good riddance. A me first diva in a team sport. Jefferson will be better when it’s all said and done.

  30. I’ve never liked the term “diva” when it comes to receivers since they’re the one position where other people control their production and they get punished financially if they aren’t worked into the game plan or if the team is not capable of utilizing them well regardless of their actual talent and skill level. I can see how that would be absolutely frustrating. I mean it’s honestly a position where you’re not only competing with the other team but also with the other people in the same position on your team.

  31. Y’all tripping! 1. This is a business first and they show us everyday 2. If I’m on a bad team and I’m the best player and a hof talent we either gone win or I’m putting up stats you choose! If we winning who cares but I’d be crazy to stay, lose, and not get my stats. proud of Diggs he’s in a excellent situation now how he acted on the way out is another story

  32. “It’s too bad he and the Vikings couldn’t have kept their business quiet and behind the scenes, like Rodgers and the Packers were able to do successfully.”
    ——————————————————————————-
    Yeah….that whole Rodgers/Packers feud was really kept undercover this past offseason. We barely heard anything about it.

  33. Destiny.
    Diggs might be the most perfect fit for Buffalo, and vise-versa.

    _____

    Talk about kool-aid drinking! Destiny?

  34. If I were a pro player, I’d want out of Minny, too, because they have never won a Super Bowl and won’t again this year. But it’s not an excuse to be a bad teammate.
    The Vikings were paying Diggs a lot of money and he should have lived up to that by giving his all for them.
    It’s not acceptable for any pro athlete to “tank” a season or become a “bad teammate” simply because they’re not happy with their contract or whatever.
    So on this one, I have to defend the Vikings.

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