Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs said that comments made by a team-employed reporter about him were “very hurtful” and “insulting to his character.”
The comments, which were picked up on a hot mic ahead of a Bills news conference on Wednesday, were made by reporter Maddy Glab. In them, she described Diggs as someone who is “going to do what he wants to do,” adding: “He’ll look in my face and say f— you. … That’s how he treats everybody.”
Diggs responded to the comments on social media on Thursday, saying that he “never said anything remotely close to that to her.” He also said that the comments were “hurtful” and “insulting to my character and to how I was raised.”
“I’ve always treated people how I want to be treated,” Diggs wrote. “I greet everyone with smiles and respect. From the people in our cafe to the people that keep our building in clean & in order.”
Diggs said that he understands that the media has a job to do, but he asked that they “remember I’m a human just like you.”
“I’m not perfect, but I always try to do my best,” he said. “And I always try to treat people with respect.”
Glab has since apologized to Diggs for her comments. She said that she was “deeply sorry” for the pain she caused him and that she “never meant to make him feel disrespected.”
The incident has sparked a conversation about the treatment of athletes by the media. Some people have argued that the comments made by Glab were unprofessional and disrespectful, while others have defended her right to free speech.
Diggs has said that he is not interested in dwelling on the incident. He said that he is focused on the upcoming season and that he is “excited to get back on the field.”
“I’m not going to let this one thing define me,” he said. “I’m going to keep working hard and I’m going to keep trying to be the best player I can be.”
The Buffalo Bills open the 2023 season on September 11 against the Miami Dolphins.