Durant refutes Bombers PR guy on retirement: ‘stay in your lane’

It’s become increasingly clear that quarterback Darian Durant and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have very different versions on how his retirement went down.

Durant announced his retirement Friday morning on his personal website, posting a message that said all kinds of nice things about Rider fans. But shortly after, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers – with whom Durant signed as a free agent in January – issued their own statement saying the move caught them by surprise and that they were “extremely disappointed” in the decision.

It soon emerged that the Bombers had paid Durant $70,000 in upfront money and that the quarterback planned to keep it, telling Saskatchewan radio host and Riders’ play-by-play man Rod Pedersen “I deserve that.”

But it was something else Durant said to Pedersen that caught the attention of long-time Bombers director of communications Darren Cameron.

Cameron took to Twitter Friday night, shortly after the interview aired, to strongly refute that statement.

Fast-forward to Sunday morning when Durant – who has changed his avatar from a Winnipeg ‘W’ to a photo of him as a Rider taken on the night old Mosaic closed – hopped on social media and told Cameron to shut it.

This is the first version of the story that involves Durant’s agent, the well-respected Dan Vertlieb – who the Bombers are saying they talked to the night before Durant’s announcement – and Winnipeg general manager Kyle Walters being on vacation.

Durant also took the time to respond to a few fans who reached out on Twitter, some to say nice things or give him personalized licence plates from their deceased family members and others to criticize the timing and nature of his decision.

This is some Grade A – or should we say Double D – CFL Twitter beef.