There’s no love lost between Darius Slay and the Detroit Lions after his departure. With his frustration with Detroit now surfacing, is it justified?
Last week, the Lions traded Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles for a third and fifth round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The trade itself isn’t surprising as there was chatter this whole offseason about the possibility of Slay leaving the Motor City. It’s just the incidents that led up to the trade are what’s surprising everyone.
As soon as head coach Matt Patricia arrived in 2018, there were already complaints from the players about a huge culture change. This caused some of them to butt heads with Patricia, one of those players being Slay.
Allegiances were eventually formed. You had the players that backed Patricia, then you had the players that didn’t – like Darius Slay. After he was traded, Slay admitted that he had lost respect for Patricia per an interview with the Detroit Free Press.
From firing head coach Jim Caldwell to allegedly being told to “stop sucking a man’s junk“, let’s examine how Slay’s frustration with the Lions might have grown over time. And why it would be justified.