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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs has a bit of a reputation in the NFL. He forced his way out of Minnesota. There are reports of troubles in Buffalo, though Diggs refutes that. Still, clearly Diggs sometimes has issues getting along with those around him.
Apparently, that doesn’t just mean his teammates either. During the Buffalo Bills media availability on Wednesday, a female reporter is heard on a nearby microphone talking about Diggs. She did not have particularly nice things to say about the star wide receiver.
“There’s no control over Stefon Diggs. Dudes gonna do what he wants to do. He’ll look in my face and say F you…that’s how he treats everybody,” she says to other reporters.
There are other voices but they are harder to make out. The female reporter, though, comes through loud and clear.
Bills team reporter Maddy Glab later outed herself as the one heard on the clip and took to X to issue an apology.
“I am very sorry for what I said and meant no ill will,” Glab said in the post. “I respect the hell out of Stefon Diggs, and he has been one of my favorite players to cover. He has a great character and treats us media with lots of respect.”
Clearly, that’s not something that she wanted to have made public, or else she’d have said it publicly. That’s the rub with being a reporter. If you want access to the team and players, you have to play the game.
Trash-talking the team’s best offensive playmaker — outside of quarterback Josh Allen — probably makes her job of covering the team more difficult going forward, unless the apology does the trick. She did have nice things to say about him in her post.
“Stef marches to the beat of his own drum and I love that about him,” Glab wrote.
On the other side, though, she was probably expressing something in her hot-mic comments to other Bills’ reporters who probably know exactly what she’s talking about.
As long as Diggs is putting up numbers, though, who cares how he behaves? Diggs has over 100 catches and 1,200+ receiving yards in each of his three seasons in Buffalo.
He was one of the only bright spots in their embarrassing Monday Night Football loss to Zach Wilson and the New York Jets.
It doesn’t matter if he’s a nice guy, as long as he continues to produce. Teams put up with a lot from guys who get it done on the field.
But once that stops, don’t expect Diggs to be a popular guy around the league.
This story has been updated to identify the reporter and note that she issued an apology on X.
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