By Annalece Montgomery
Yesterday, Vontae Davis managed to dominate headlines despite the Cleveland Browns releasing Josh Gordon; Daniel Carlson and Zane Gonzalez missing game-changing kicks; and Ryan Fitzpatrick showing up to the post-game interview looking like this. During halftime of the Los Angeles Chargers – Buffalo Bills game, the veteran CB retired.
Last week, the Bills fell to the Baltimore Ravens 47-3. When the team headed into the locker room yesterday at the half, they were down 28-6. While the team did rally to end with a 31-20 loss, his presence, or lack thereof, was noticed in the second half. The internet had a field day, especially after Lorenzo Alexander (LB) was stunned in his locker room interview, chiming in with messages condemning Davis for his actions. Some were blaming it on the poor performance the Bills have showcased so far. Others were blaming it on poor character. But mostly, people were roasting him and the Buffalo Bills.
Regardless of what people may think, Davis chose to retire because of a sudden revelation – he flat out didn’t belong on the field anymore. In a statement issued, he said “This isn’t how I pictured retiring from the NFL…I’ve endured multiple surgeries and played through many different injuries throughout my career and over the last few weeks, this was the latest physical change. But today on the field, reality hit me fast and hard; I shouldn’t be out there anymore.” While he did emphasize that he did not mean to show any disrespect to his teammates or coaches, he emphasized he is at peace with the decision.
What would the fans do if they were on the Bills coaching staff? If the fans were Sean McDermott, or any other coach, we think they would have respected Davis’ decision, but asked him to stay on the sidelines for the remainder of the game. While we understand a player’s decision to hang up his helmet on his own terms – Arian Foster did in 2016 mid-season – we also think there’s something to having your teammates’ backs and showing them the support they have shown you.