When Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills suffered cardiac arrest on the field of a NFL football game, Stephon Diggs rallied his teammates together and prayed for their fallen teammate. Stephon Diggs was there.
When Damar Hamlin was in critical condition in the ICU and we did not know whether he would live or die, Stephon Diggs went to the hospital to be there for his teammate. He entered the ICU even after being denied by security because he wanted to be there for his teammate. Stephon Diggs was there.
I am sure even during the last few games of the season Stephon Diggs found a way to be there for Damar Hamlin and his family. Stephon Diggs was there.
On Sunday, Stephon Diggs and the Buffalo Bills lost a playoff game to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bills did not play well. Stephon Diggs did not play well. Near the end of the game , Stephon Diggs exhibited his emotion and in some people’s eyes “showed up” his quarterback. After the game, Stephon Diggs left the stadium immediately after the game and did not stay with his teammates. Some people believe he “showed up” his teammates. He eventually was asked by a teammate to come back to the locker room and he did. Stephon Diggs was there.
These aforementioned incidents involving Stephon Diggs alll happened within the last month. I want you to keep the same energy about Stephon Diggs when you realize that he is an athlete who was there for his brother teammate. I want you to keep the sane energy about Stephon Diggs when you realize he went to the ICU to be their for his brother and his brother’s family.
I want you to keep the same energy when you hear others demean and talk about Stephon Diggs in a negative light ,when he was upset after he lost a game. I want you to keep the same energy and talk about Stephon Diggs when he has to take some time to get away because of the pain he felt after a tough loss.
We say that we care about Black Men and Mental Health. We say we care about how Black Men are treated when they are vulnerable with their feelings and actions. We must ask ourselves to keep the same energy if we really care how you treat these men differently when they show they care for their brother as to when they show their disappoint when they lose a game.
Keep that Same Energy!