- The veteran Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis quit during halftime of a game Sunday and retired from football afterward.
- According to Bills players and head coach Sean McDermott, Davis told teammates he was not playing the second half and was “done.”
- According to one report, Davis even got changed and left the stadium.
- Davis released a statement after the game confirming his retirement and explaining his decision.
A rough season for the Buffalo Bills got worse Sunday when a player called it quits at halftime.
According to reports, the 30-year-old Bills cornerback Vontae Davis decided not to play in the second half while the Bills trailed the Los Angeles Chargers by 28-6. Davis’ teammates were apparently told he was quitting and retiring from football. Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said he had never seen anything like it and called it “disrespectful.”
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said Davis might have put his street clothes on and left the stadium.
Word is Vontae Davis put on his street clothes at half, said he was quitting and left the stadium, per another source https://t.co/spdxMWrNSd
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 16, 2018
Bills coach Sean McDermott confirmed that Davis decided not to play but would not comment on whether he left the stadium.
McDermott on Vontae Davis: "He pulled himself out of the game. He told us he was done."
— WGR 550 (@WGR550) September 16, 2018
I asked #Bills HC Sean McDermott if CB Vontae Davis left the stadium at halftime, after pulling himself out in the first half, he said, “I don’t want to get into all that.”
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) September 16, 2018
After the game, Davis released a statement confirming his retirement and explaining his decision. He said he did not mean to disrespect anyone and had realised during the game that he “should not be out there anymore.”
— NFL (@NFL) September 16, 2018
The Bills also lost cornerback E.J. Gaines to an injury Sunday, leaving the team even more shallow at defensive back.
The Bills were blown out, 47-3, by the Baltimore Ravens last week. The team’s starting quarterback Nathan Peterman threw for just 24 yards before being replaced by the rookie Josh Allen, who started in Week 2. Allen fared a little better, throwing for 245 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions on Sunday. The Bills lost 31-20.
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