The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver answered questions before practice on Wednesday and denied that he was ever unsatisfied with his current role on the team.
Last week was full of way more drama then the Minnesota Vikings could have wanted four games into their 2019 season.
A loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 4 that saw the offense struggle to do much of anything led to a few of the Vikings’ top offensive players utilizing a number of different methods to express their frustrations.
Minnesota star wide receiver Stefon Diggs elected to skip the team’s meeting on the Monday after the Bears game and then he was absent from the Vikings’ practice on Wednesday as well. Diggs later said he wasn’t at the team’s facilities on those two days because he was sick with a “cold”.
Minnesota clearly understood that his sickness prevented him from sending a simple text message to anyone to let the team know he wouldn’t attending Monday or Wednesday’s activities and they fined him a cool $200,000.
Diggs eventually showed up to work with his teammates again last Thursday and he held an awkward presser in which he didn’t confirm or deny the rumors that he wanted the Vikings to trade him.
On Wednesday, Diggs took questions from the local Twin Cities media and he was asked if he felt better about his role in Minnesota’s Week 5 win over the New York Giants.
"“I never said I wasn’t unhappy or uncomfortable with my role. I said I wanted to win, that’s where my frustrations were. That’s where it kind of got misconstrued last week. I want to win and when I don’t win, when we don’t win, I’m frustrated.”"
This comes after comments Diggs made last Thursday in which he told reporters that he, “can’t sit up here and act like everything is okay, because it’s obviously not.”
While the Vikings receiver might not have ever come out and directly said in public that he was or is unhappy with his current role on the team, his actions tell a different story.
Diggs may be frustrated with Minnesota only winning two of their first four games to start the season, but so is everyone else in the team’s locker room. He, however, was the only one who chose to step away from the team without letting anyone from the organization know beforehand.
NFL players normally don’t skip out on their team for a few days just because of a couple of losses. The issues are usually rooted in deeper issues and the pieces in this puzzle lead many to believe that Diggs isn’t happy with how he’s being used in the offense this season.
He can deny it all he wants and say that his frustrations are all due to the Vikings losing two of their first four games. But his decision to step away from the team last week speaks volumes about how he truly feels about his role with Minnesota this season.