Bills' Davis leaves at halftime, then retires

Several teammates called Vontae Davis' actions "disrespectful"

Sal Capaccio
September 16, 2018 - 8:08 pm

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Quit. Retired. Left.

However you want to term it, Vontae Davis did it at halftime of the Buffalo Bills’ 30-21 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday afternoon.  

Davis took himself out of the game late in the first half, according to head coach Sean McDermott, then abruptly decided to call it a day (and most likely a career) before the second half began. A move that wasn’t well received by several of his teammates.

“I don’t have nothing to say about Vontae,” linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said after the game. “I’m going to give him a little more respect than what he showed us today, as far as quitting on us in the middle of the game.”

Alexander, a 13-year veteran, went on to say he had never seen that happen before at any level of football. “Pop Warner, high school, college, pros,” he said, “[I’ve> never heard of it. Never seen it. And it’s completely disrespectful to his teammates. He didn’t say nothing to nobody.”

Alexander said he found out as he went out to the field for the second half of the game. He said people on the sidelines said Davis wasn’t coming back out and retired.

In February, Davis, a 10-year veteran, signed a one-year deal with the Bills worth up to $5 million, including $3.5 million guaranteed.

Safety Rafael Bush echoed Alexander's sentiments.

"We're family," Bush said. "And you don't turn your back on your brothers in the heat of battle like that. So, like Lorenzo said, that's disrespectful, to leave us down like that. We are already down a man. We only have two corners. So that's unexplainable." 

Bush was asked if Davis would be welcome back in the locker room if he wanted to come back. "No," he said.

Hours after the game ended, Davis issued a statement, saying he indeed has retired from the game:

 



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