Bombers say they were blindsided by Durant’s decision

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers say they were blindsided by quarterback Darian Durant’s decision to retire and found out by reading media reports.

Bombers general manager Kyle Walters said in a statement released Friday that they knew Durant was “reconsidering continuing his career” prior to mini-camp but that that the team asked to take time to “thoroughly consider his options and inform us of his decision. “

Durant did not attend the team’s mini-camp in April with Bombers saying at the time that he was excused to attend a “personal matter.”

But Friday’s announcement, which was posted to Durant’s personal website, caught the team by surprise.

“Ultimately, Darian has not informed the team of his decision, but we were notified through social media this morning that he has decided to retire from professional football,” Walters said. “While we respect his decision, we are of course are extremely disappointed.”

Here’s the full statement:

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38 Comments on Bombers say they were blindsided by Durant’s decision

  1. Damn social media.

  2. You would think that he could’ve made this decision a month or so ago, rather than waiting until 2 weeks before TC?

    • BC Dave // May 11, 2018 at 9:22 pm //

      Agreed Bob, but the worst part is that he did not even gave the decency to let the Bombers know directly. I have no respect for such lack of class.

  3. Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 9:53 am //

    I guess Darian wanted to tell Rider Nation first, but really , his obligation should have been to inform the bombers first.

  4. Next man up as they say in pro football. Plenty of good QBs out there to fill back-up roles for the Bombers and every other team in the league. With new cap space now available to the Bombers it could help the Bombers in the long run.

  5. WOW. Pretty classless way to do it. It’s almost like running back to an old lover when you now you have no other options.

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 10:24 am //

      You are not the person to talk about class mr ed. You are the most classless person i have ever dealt with. But your classlessness is, I suppose, understandable, given your sociopathic personality.

      • BC Dave // May 11, 2018 at 9:25 pm //

        Hey L/R. Me thinks he has been supplanted from the basement by another. LOL

    • Red and Bo sittin in a tree. // May 11, 2018 at 1:19 pm //

      I think it is hilarious, doesn’t take much to blindside Walters…..

      • Cat Fan // May 11, 2018 at 2:05 pm //

        You would expect an employee that is considering their options where you have asked them to think about it and let you know to skip notifying you?

        Somehow I doubt it.

  6. Considering his performance he was done last year. Why Winnipeg hired him in the first place was questionable. The Bombers are Grey Cup contenders and need a competent backup or face repeating the “glen/dinwoodie” qb fiasco. Players get hurt. Wake up Bomber front office!

  7. Sec. 39 // May 11, 2018 at 10:03 am //

    Durant beats the Bombers one last time! TBH it does not look good, very wishy washy. It must have been a tug of war though. New child, prospect of not seeing her for months at a time. I know with my kids any more than a day is tough.

    To Mr. Red. Good stretch at trying to poke Ridernation as always. You are the ultimate troll on here. I know you take pride in it. It is part of this site’s fabric, you are an institution (on here). I just hope that person to person you are decent to deal with and don’t spend so much energy on things that are not important in real life.

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 11, 2018 at 10:30 am //

      I can pretty much guarantee that what you see here is the true personality. Even his fellow stamp fans banned him from cflhorsemen. No, mr ed is definitely not a good person. He is most likely a narcissistic psychopath in real life. And no, im not joking.

    • fannotacoach // May 11, 2018 at 1:38 pm //

      Speaking of institutions, that’s exactly where he belongs!

  8. Ooops maybe not as classy of an exit as I earlier thought. Still management must have sensed it was coming?

    • Cat Fan // May 11, 2018 at 2:07 pm //

      Sure … how many here would ask someone to let them know and be happy to see the answer on social media?

      AFAICT – the blindside was not so much about retiring but that means of letting the employer know.

  9. Steve Borsa // May 11, 2018 at 10:31 am //

    CFL shocked twice this week! Backup QBs quickly falling off. Who’s next? Perhaps Lions, even Riders? Things change quickly.

  10. Walters needs to call Drew Tate ASAP

  11. Classless move….buh bye loser

  12. I have respect for Durant ability to play, but as for Durant the person, the guys is a clown for the way he conducts his business. Not having the courtesy or decency to advise the Bombers (a club that just gave you a $70K signing bonus) of your retirement has pretty much secured your legacy as a douche bag.

  13. oldriderfan // May 11, 2018 at 12:23 pm //

    The guy gave his all in Riderville. Sports fans always focus on ‘results’ so check it out and compare!

    • greenenvy? // May 11, 2018 at 1:21 pm //

      Stupid way to end your career. Durant was always held in high regard how he handled himself. But he was mocked the past season with his over the top celebrating & shaking his fist at Jones after beating the RIders. To not have the decency to phone Walters direct when he told him to take his time & let him know of his decision, instead announcing it on social media, tarnishes his legacy. He will be remembered for the cowardice he showed in his final act by many. And for what? Isn’t the body of work & the high regard he had in Regina & through others who met him outside Regina worth keeping? It makes him look like a bitter bitter man. Darian, we thought we knew you. Maybe not. Sad way to say goodbye.

      • Red and Bo sittin in a tree. // May 11, 2018 at 2:06 pm //

        Oh shut up, like you have any clue…Mr I am above all others cause everything I do is justified…Walters is as sleezy as Huff so who knows what really transpired. One thing is for sure 3DN sure knows how to get clicks and that is by posting Rider stories.

        • Cat Fan // May 11, 2018 at 2:13 pm //

          A little sensitive are we?

          If no one know what transpired then everyone’s POV is speculation and equally possible.

  14. RU4Real // May 11, 2018 at 2:12 pm //

    DD should have informed the Bombers first and a lot sooner than today. I am far from a Bomber fan but to leave a team that is counting on you a few days before camp is classless…………..jmho

  15. Tiger man // May 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm //

    Goes to show you just how selfish and self centered this guy is.

  16. Bombers signing him in the first place was stunning considering how poorly he had been playing. Hopefully, they’ll learn not to sign washed up vets an err towards players with a healthy margin for growth. Embarrassing for Bomber management, for sure, but will work out for the best in the long run as Durant was absolutely awful at this stage of his career and wasn’t going to help at all anyway.

  17. wewert3 // May 11, 2018 at 3:58 pm //

    Bombers’ own statement says they knew at least 2 1/2 weeks ago that Durant was considering retirement. If somebody tells you that, you have to assume the player’s heart is no longer in it and start preparing to move on.

    Organization should have known that even if he showed up at training camp, it would have been a waste of time for everybody involved. At the end of camp, Winnipeg would just cut Durant. Better for him to leave now and give training camp reps who wants to play in the CFL.

    • Walters sucks and so does the Bombers // May 12, 2018 at 10:00 am //

      Walters is a big liar, his camp new a few weeks back that Darian was going…his agent was talking with the bombers, typical bomber fashion try to devert the blame for the shit year they are going to have…

  18. Obviously the Saskatchewan attitude has rubbed off on this man, always shooting off about Saskatchewan but looking elsewhere to provide for you. True statement, live with it.

  19. Mr. Red 2 // May 13, 2018 at 3:13 pm //

    Not sure what the big deal is here, players retire.
    Why was a Bomber administrator taking vacation in May?
    Why did the Bomber’s not have a protocol in place for every type of situation? In professional sports the team administration has to monitor their social media outlets regardless of where they are. Bomber administrators have to questions themselves and improve their lines of communication! One has to question their internal communication. Lesson learned?

  20. Wincher // May 14, 2018 at 2:02 am //

    Simply put…

    Trust me, Walters attempt at saving grace. It is what it is.

  21. Edward Leslie // May 14, 2018 at 6:52 am //

    Clearly, in retrospect, the decision to sign Durant was a bad one.
    He has suffered too many injuries; there are too many kilometres on the clock; he looked pretty ineffective the last two years; he cost too much for a
    backup; and many have mentioned that Durant wouldn’t be content to be a backup or a mentor for young developing quarterbacks. These points all seem evident now.

    The problem is that there are real shortage of experienced quarterbacks, especially after the retirements of Durant, Henry Burris and Dan Lefevour and the release of Drew Tate.
    It might be a good idea to brong back some quarterbacks who have experience and looked passable. Rakeem Cato, Jonathan Crompton and Tino Sunseri all deserve another shot. Justin Goltz, Thomas Demarco and Adrian Mcpherson do not!

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