Darian Durant’s Twitter account was straight fire this weekend

So on Sunday, we posted a little Twitter exchange between Winnipeg Blue Bombers communications man Darren Cameron and Darian Durant, who told Cameron to “stay in your lane” after he questioned Durant’s version of events surrounding the quarterback’s retirement.

But Durant wasn’t done, not by a long shot.

He spent a good portion of Sunday going back at Bomber and CFL fans who questioned the timing of his retirement and the decision to keep the $70,000 signing bonus the Bombers gave him in January. Durant, whose Twitter account was dormant for long stretches over the last couple of years, did not hold back one bit. There are too many Tweets and threads to replicate but here’s a sampling of some of the saltiest bits.

https://twitter.com/dariandurant/status/995614918945669122

https://twitter.com/dariandurant/status/995614523049627649

Durant also took the time to thank the countless Rider fans who reached out to express their appreciation for his career and those who voiced their support for his decision.

The whole thing feels like Durant is letting go of some pent-up frustration after taking more than his fair share of abuse from disgruntled fans on social media over the years. Now that he’s retired, he doesn’t have to worry about ‘being a distraction” or running afoul of the CFL’s social media policy. Given how nasty the anonymous Twitter eggs can be, it’s kind of fun to see a player (or former player) actually taking them on and speaking his mind.

As for any damage to his “reputation,” Durant’s made it pretty clear that the only fan base whose opinion matters to him is in Saskatchewan and his legacy in Ridervlle was cemented the second they won the Grey Cup in 2013 on prairie soil. That he’s screwing over the Bombers on his way out the door won’t make him any less popular with the Greem and White faithful – quite the opposite.

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65 Comments on Darian Durant’s Twitter account was straight fire this weekend

  1. White Horse // May 14, 2018 at 11:42 am //

    I have always liked DD. He sealed his legacy with the Riders in 2013. He certainly WAS a superb QB but I am not so sure he did the right thing in taking the money from the Bombers and run with it. It seems almost political in nature between the Riders and Bombers. However, if Walters was prepared to put some up front money in the pocket of DD, then he was also prepared for the worst. Good luck DD and enjoy your popularity and fan support in Sask.

    • Riders4Ever // May 14, 2018 at 2:11 pm //

      Durant is a fool to think that his reputation is not damaged in the CFL. Just an ugly display of greed and poor ethics on his part. Tarnished his image for sure….and I’m a Rider fan saying that.

      • Riders4Ever // May 14, 2018 at 2:15 pm //

        PS…I know a lot of Rider fans that I talk to are laughing at the Bombers right now, and rightfully so…but the same ones laughing also think it was a pretty scummy thing to do.

        • While it may not have been the “right” thing to do….it happens to the players all the time and in fact happened to Durant as well in being released from the Als. For that reason I cant really blame the guy.

          Most of the people losing their minds and calling for Durants head say nothing when it happens to other teams than their own. How many times has it happened to the Riders in the past few years? How many times have the Riders traded for a guy giving up assets only to have players retire and there is no compensation.

          At the end of the day its a business and the players are assets whether anyone likes it or not. This time it just happened to be the Bombers being burned.

      • Tiger man // May 20, 2018 at 9:07 am //

        Durant may be fooling himself..not so hard to do…but are the poor ethics and morals that he put on display in this Bomber misdeed a good thing to teach to his children??

        I guess his ego thrumps that too….

  2. solara2000 // May 14, 2018 at 11:49 am //

    That’s good – “…the only fan base whose opinion matters to him is in Saskatchewan”. He obviously then won’t be too put out when he doesn’t get consideration for other types of recognition (e.g. HOF) outside of Riderville.

  3. I was not a huge fan of his, but stick to your guns DD, very few like the bombers to begin with.

  4. Darian Durant was released by Montreal

    Why is Saskatchewan brought into this situation , have all the pollsters forgot about where Darian was in 2017 ?

    This is taking the same twisted road as the Manziel fiasco – let it die

  5. Durant should have retired about 5 years ago and with some class.
    Stealing $70,000 from Bombers is fraudulent.

    • Fraudulent, eh? I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

      • Fraudulent: “Obtained by deception”.

        Pretty sure you don’t know what it means smart guy.

        • Garney26 // May 14, 2018 at 1:16 pm //

          Agree with you Breeze and if he is taken to court I’m sure so will they.

          • Lancaster/Reed // May 14, 2018 at 5:36 pm //

            It’s pretty clear you don’t know anything about contract law. There will be NO court case. The bombers are SOL.

        • Deception: “the act of deceiving someone”

          When exactly did Durant deceive Kyle Walters? As far as I know, there were no terms or conditions in the contract which Durant failed to meet in order to hold up his end of the bargain. As far as I know, Kyle Walters entered into that contract willingly, with full understanding of the risk involved.

        • For the record, of course I understand why Bombers fans are pissed, and of course I agree it looks shady. I was pissed when Maurice Price did the same thing to the Riders last year. The CBA rules around signing and roster bonuses are clearly flawed.

          That said, Durant played fairly within a flawed set of rules, just as his previous GMs did to him. Let’s hold back on the character assassination and calling him a fraudster until we’ve walked a mile in his shoes, shall we? Unless you’ve been offered $70,000 or more in guaranteed money with no conditions and then been asked to give it back, you haven’t been in his shoes.

        • Huff's Neighbor // May 15, 2018 at 2:40 pm //

          Does the breeze flow between your ears?

  6. Doubles will always have class. And good on him for pounding back, after all the unwarranted abuse he endeared over the years. Enjoy your retirement, Doubles, and buy your daughter a little doll house…tell her uncle Kyle bought it for her…LOL!

  7. Mr Red. // May 14, 2018 at 12:06 pm //

    What a petty, unprofessional moron.
    Anyone who honors this guy in the future truly have no integrity.

    • anyone has
      mr. irredium

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 14, 2018 at 12:31 pm //

      Well, you have no integrity. So i guess you will honour DD.

    • Jeff Garcia's Agent // May 14, 2018 at 2:04 pm //

      Petty? The guy had people taking shots at his Mom on Mother’s Day. I’m shocked he held back as much as he did. I’m also willing to bet a few of the tweets he received came from your moronic ass.

      • Lancaster/Reed // May 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm //

        There is no way mr ed has the balls to tweet darian personally. He only talks big behind anonymity. Did you see what happened when red was badmouthing kahlil cater about stepping down as DC in Montreal? Kahlil was on 3down himself responding to the posts and called out red personally. Of course red ran away like a little scared boy and probably hid behind his moms skirt, saying mommy, that man is after me. Mr ed was quiet after that and didnt post again on that story. Just a pathetic coward. He would never post comments on Twitter under his own name to darian or duron, when he can safely act like a big man while remaining safely anonymous.

    • You have proven day in and day out how petty you are Red. Do you really think you should be the one hurling such insults? LOL

    • Take this // May 14, 2018 at 2:49 pm //

      You call Durant a petty, unprofessional moron when you were the one to bring his child into one of your comments and question his ability to be a good father.
      Why do you hate him so much? Because he played better in playoffs then Bo Levi? Because he beat the Stamps in playoff games?

    • Lol. You are truly a goof

    • Grant S // May 14, 2018 at 5:26 pm //

      Red, your ol man should have jer**d you off in the slop bucket a long time ago.

    • Huff's Neighbor // May 15, 2018 at 2:45 pm //

      Red Dork, please don’t use words that don’t apply to you, like integrity. Because you little lady, have shown all on this site that you have zero, none, nadda, no integrity at all, not one little bit. So please return to you coloring book.

  8. SHEESH….can’t believe I wrote endeared…should have been endured….but DD certainly was endearing to his fans.

  9. Huff's Neighbor // May 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm //

    And the point of this article is what exactly? Drew can you explain? Click bait.

    • Mr hemorRED // May 14, 2018 at 12:51 pm //

      Nothing more than Drew trying to fight his girl friend Kylie Walter’s battle.

    • I am pleased with this article and every one I CHOOSE to read.
      If you don’t like it go cry with Yup in the wussy beotch corner.

  10. Red&White Forever // May 14, 2018 at 12:55 pm //

    It’s a double standard. Montreal gets props for cutting DD right before a $150K bonus, and DD gets burned cause he basically did the same thing to the Bombers. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never liked DD, either as a QB, or a leader, but if CFL teams can do it to a player, then it’s fair for the player to do it CFL teams. There’s a simple way to fix this: guarantee all bonuses (not contracts, just the bonuses in them) to players, and perhaps write in some kind of protection for the team, like “if the signed player does not appear in training camp, half the bonus is returned.” We’ve known for a while that the CFL CBA needs to be fixed, it’s time to get it done to avoid situations like Durant’s over this offseason.

  11. This website is starting to feel like a trashy sensational gossip column.
    DD retired let’s leave it at that.
    He was a good QB with a great body of work. no need to trash him on the way out for click bait.

  12. IMO, this whole issue has spiraled miles out of control. DD did what he thought was right. Bombers similar. Unfortunately each was going in 180 turn. 70K is really nothing to be so concerned about. Not sure why each party is so vehemently on each others throat. Time to cool this.

    • Bombs Away! // May 14, 2018 at 7:46 pm //

      You’re right. Durrant is now out of work so the 70,000 will go along way to supplement his car selling salary.

  13. Mean Jo Greene // May 14, 2018 at 1:30 pm //

    This clown Darian Durant doesn’t realize he’s not wanted anywhere near Saskatchewan. He’s a Blue Bomber. _ retired.

    • Take this // May 14, 2018 at 2:53 pm //

      You are the clown, the same kind of clown who booed Ron Lancaster.

      • Provemewrong // May 14, 2018 at 4:56 pm //

        At one point, the entire stadium (Taylor Field back then) booed Lancaster. You are saying all rider Fans are clowns?? OK, agreed then.

        • Are you just pretending to be S T U P I D?
          At NO TIME did all rider fans boo LANCASTER. Even in that last game (I was there) only a minority booed him…most of whom were varying levels of drunk.

        • Ron Lancaster was not bood that night He was clobbered with a dirty hit and was being helped off the field. the fans were booing the hit and the refs that didn’t call it!!!

    • True green // May 15, 2018 at 1:34 am //

      Speak for yourself. In my opinion a rider fan that doesn’t appreciate what DD did for the Riders is no fan.

  14. Obviously DD is probably enjoying being retired and not having to hold back anymore. When you look at it considering he was released by Montreal who were to pay him a $150k bonus getting $70k back when he signed in Winnipeg isn’t too bad. Teams back out of deals with players all the time. He just flipped the script in this case.

    Hopefully the next CBA can tighten up those loose ends to be more fair to current players.

  15. Edward Leslie // May 14, 2018 at 2:13 pm //

    Considering that Winnipeg was the only team interested in Durant, it made no sense to offer Durant a signing bonus of any kind.
    Still, even in the CFL, $70,000 shouldn’t be this bigb of a deal. Consider it a lesson learned by a still you g General Manager.

    If Kyle Walters wanted an experienced backup who could step in if Nichols is hurt, a better choice would’ve been one of two OTHER former Alouette quarterbacks: Rakeem Cato or Jonathan Crompton.

    Crompton is just 30 and showed an ability to win and lead the team. He was a popular man in the community too, doing lots of charity work in Montreal.

    Cato might be the best choice. He’s still just 26. Cato’s career was devoid of any long term injuries (unlike Crompton and Durant). He put up impressive stats in two years with the Als. He had an impressive
    NCAA career as a starter with Marshall before that.
    He’s even stayed in football playing some Arena football last season with the Richmond Roughriders.
    I don’t think Bombers fans hold any grudge against the RICHMOND Roughriders. LOL

  16. Barry Soetoro // May 14, 2018 at 2:55 pm //

    The way I see it is, Darian is out $80,000. Montreal cut him one day before he was due for a bonus of $150,000. That was negotiated and in his contract. He recouped $70,000 from Winnipeg, hair on him. Winnipeg basically ended his career with an ‘after the whistle’ hit in 2014 so it’s kind of appropriate.

  17. He ever win a cup when his team didnt cheat and go over the cap?

    • OH….PLease! They went less than 70k over the cap after a deluge of injuries….less than the salary of one non-starter.

  18. Tailgate YYC // May 14, 2018 at 3:22 pm //

    I can’t see a problem with what he did. CFL teams have no problem dumping a player hours before their bonus.
    It just gives Bomber fans one more reason to hate the Riders and I’m all for that entertainment.

  19. I agree with Tailgate YYC. CFL teams routinely chop a player when an off season payment is upcoming making it look pretty clear that at the time of signing this with they player they had their fingers crossed and didn’t expect to pay it. Players sign in good faith – the CFL teams not so much.

    I’m no Durant fan as I dislike his surly attitude however if the money was paid to get him to sign and it’s not contingent on him turning up to play – then so be it – let a player win one this time.

    What would be worse is having at TC and passing like he did for the Als.

  20. Rather then take “the high road” Dudrant proves again just how CLASSLESS he really is with his first tweet to [email protected] I’m glad Dudrant did not play for the Lions; but its very fitting that he played for the Roiders, a cheating, classless organization. Dudrant you are a real wheatard. The Bombers will win a Grey Cup before the Sliders do Dudrant.

    • bigboypants // May 14, 2018 at 7:15 pm //

      “The drought continues”. As if Durant would have any impact ending it. LOL

    • And the Lions will continue to sh*t the bed. Enjoy that!

    • What a complete stooge. Your mom really shouldn’t let you on her tablet while she makes your sliders.

    • True green // May 15, 2018 at 1:37 am //

      Let me guess, with grade 4 educations?(only 2 years more than you have)

  21. Yes… When a team consistently cuts guys who are due big bonuses agents start avoiding those franchises. The fact that he pulled this against one of the few teams that doesn’t have a rep for cutting guys due to bonuses makes it all the more ruthless. Doing it to the Riders or Montreal I could see.

  22. Oilrider // May 14, 2018 at 6:51 pm //

    I honestly don’t get why everyone is so upset by the whole bonus situation. This literally how the system is supposed to work.

    Having a date in the off-season when bonuses are due means that if a player gets cut, he has time to sign with another team. Look an Henoc Muamba. The Riders couldn’t afford him under the cap, so they had a date by which they had to pay him or cut him. They cut him, but he had the time to get WPG and MTL in a little bidding war for his services before choosing one. Could you imagine if the Riders had taken him to training camp, decided “eh, we’re okay with the production we can get from someone cheaper,” and cut him then? All the other teams would have their rosters and salary cap situation pretty much set by that point, and Muamba would have been SOL. That’s why the bonuses are structured the way they are.

    Same thing here for DD. If a team wants to entice a guy to sign with them over some other team, they offer a signing bonus. “Hey, we want you so bad, we’re offering guaranteed money up-front.” Durant took it, and is under no obligation to give it back. It’s simple risk/reward from the team’s perspective. By offering a signing bonus, the team get a better chance of getting their guy, but run risk of losing it if the guy gets hurt or retires. Again, this is the way the the world of non-guaranteed (or partial guaranteed) contracts works.

    But all of a sudden, in the last year, this is now horrible situation for some reason. I don’t get it.

  23. Colour me green // May 14, 2018 at 9:44 pm //

    The reason why it is such a big deal is 1) it is the Riders, 2) it is DD, and 3) trolls like stir the pot. It is completely within the rules AND not the first time this has happened. Retirement news comes at strange times anywhere through out the year including in middle of the season or even after a few games.
    If he retired the day after the bonus payment then there maybe a point. Up until a week ago he may have wanted to still play.
    Hell as a backup he gets good money and stays injury free on sideline. He could have milked it for another year but he didn’t. He finally made a very hard call and gave himself as much time to make sure it’s what he wanted. In fact the B.B. told him to do so.

  24. For everyone who has criticized Darian on this website for not returning the bonus to the Bombers, would they have returned the money if they were in the same situation? Not very likely. These people are hypocrites.

  25. While it may not have been the “right” thing to do….it happens to the players all the time and in fact happened to Durant as well in being released from the Als. For that reason I cant really blame the guy.

    Most of the people losing their minds and calling for Durants head say nothing when it happens to other teams than their own. How many times has it happened to the Riders in the past few years? How many times have the Riders traded for a guy giving up assets only to have players retire and there is no compensation.

    At the end of the day its a business and the players are assets whether anyone likes it or not. This time it just happened to be the Bombers being burned.

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  27. Think of this as a trade: Durant for Dressler. Dressler was cut before a $60K was due to be paid…he gets cut, and Wpg. picks him free, without having to give up anything. And the BB late hit, pretty much aborted DD’s career. If anything, the Bombers are still ahead.

  28. I don’t have any problem with Durant taking what was agreed to by both parties. How many times do you see teams releasing players just before they are eligible to receive payment just to void payout. It is often used as a carrot during contract negotiation and then pulled away at last possible moment leaving veteran players high and dry.

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