Bashaud Breeland: Incidents that led to release were “blown out of proportion”

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The Vikings cut Bashaud Breeland after verbal altercations at Saturday’s practice, but the cornerback said the reasons for his departure were “blown out of proportion.”

In an interview with Josina Anderson of USA Today, Breeland said he initially exchanged words with a coach in meetings before practice. He said his disagreement was not with head coach Mike Zimmer but wouldn’t reveal with whom he argued.

“I feel like what happened in the meeting room with the coach was not serious enough to be an issue on the practice field,” Breeland told Anderson.

Breeland took issue with NFL Media’s account of the verbal altercation at practice. He said he was pulled off the practice field, took off his cleats and put on his workout shoes but remained engaged.

His account is that while switching fields a teammate approached him and said, “What’s up, Breezy?” Breeland said he nodded his head in response and the player responded, “That’s all I get?”

“I was like, ‘Bro, I’m not trying to be a distraction. Just let me get on the move. I’m good,'” Breeland said. “Then, it escalated out of nowhere.”

Breeland said the player charged him “like he wanted to fight.” Other players intervened.

“The whole time I had my hands in my hoodie,” Breeland told Anderson. “You can see my demeanor was like, ‘I’m not on that, but if you want to be on that we can be on that.’

“That’s when the General Manager stepped in on the field. I feel like Zimmer came over there, saw confusion and just kicked me out. I feel like Zimmer was already feeling some kind of way because I wasn’t practicing. I said, ‘If I’m not being cut or released I shouldn’t have to leave practice.’”

Breeland said he had post-practice conversations with G.M. Rick Spielman, along with a player personnel staff member and two players involved in the altercation. Spielman later called Breeland to tell him he wouldn’t travel with the team, according to Breeland.

Breeland said he learned of his release from his agent, posting “Wow” on Twitter after learning the team was waiving him.

Breeland started 13 games for the Vikings this season.

10 responses to “Bashaud Breeland: Incidents that led to release were “blown out of proportion”

  1. It’s not like a player lamented all offseason about getting out then insulted the front office and everyone tucked their tails behind their legs

  2. I would say his excuses are worse than his play but as all Vikings fans know nothing is as bad as his game… Good riddance

  3. Dude has been one the biggest liabilities on the field for the Vikings in living memory. Pair it with his constant off the field antics and only the lack of depth kept him here this long.

  4. When you’re every opposing quarterback’s number one target, things have a way of getting blown out of proportion.

  5. Breeland had made clear he wasn’t happy in Minnesota. Players around the league joke that Minnesota is not the place they ever want to end up. They feel great sympathy for the players that end up there.

    Sometimes you have to force your way out of a really bad place. Breeland did that and I applaud him for it. I am so glad that Breeland was able to escape. Breeland can now go back to enjoying life, and he can be successful again. Nightmare over.

    So happy for you Bashaud!

  6. When you’re the 117th ranked cornerback out of 119 you should be smart enough to keep low profile.

  7. It’s not like a player lamented all offseason about getting out then insulted the front office and everyone tucked their tails behind their legs

    +++++

    That’s true. The Vikings tucked their tails while fans insisted their front office was outstanding.

    Just like the previous 3 seasons.

  8. Bashaud Breeland: Incidents that led to release were “blown out of proportion”
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    “………including, apparently, the ability of the front office to assess talent. Better late than never. There’s always next year, but certainly nothing a lot of wishing, hoping, and praying can’t fix.

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