Josh Allen has felt the love at Buffalo Bills training camp, but some fans are also annoyed by the unwelcome treatment he and some of the team’s other stars have received.
A pair of viral videos show Allen and wide receiver Stefon Diggs receiving some rude behavior from autograph-seeking die-hard fans. Both players appeared confused during treatment, especially Allen when a fan hit him with a packed soccer ball as he was leaving practice.
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A video posted on August 7 shows Allen jogging outside without a pad and waving to fans as someone throws a souvenir soccer ball at him. It hit the running Allen, who stopped and pointed at the fan with an annoyed look. Allen then continued into the dressing room, while the others could be heard admonishing the fans.
“No respect, no respect,” someone told fans.
Diggs had another tense moment with fans, with several objects being thrown at him in hopes of getting autographs. Diggs catches and then drops some items, and picks up and signs others but then drops them to the ground as well.
Some Bills fans have pointed out this behavior, especially when directed towards Allen.
“Why do I keep seeing videos of people throwing things at players to get signed?” a fan tweeted. “You all really think they’re going to sign that? Be better people. Get better as a human. Athletes are people. “
Allen, Love Sharing Fans at Camp
The incidents appear to be an anomaly in a fan-friendly training camp. The Bills remain one of the few teams to go to training camp, participating in the program en route to St. John Fisher just outside of Rochester and prioritizing the fan experience. On Friday, the Bills returned to Highmark Stadium for an in-house script that drew nearly 36,000 people.
Allen has been a willing participant. Before Friday’s practice, he played catch with some young fans at Highmark Stadium. He also played with fans before practice, entering the field wearing a red helmet attracting some loud cheers.
Many Bills fans have been excited about the idea of the Bills wearing a throwback-style helmet at some point, but it won’t be this season. The team’s official Twitter account has announced that they will stick with the white helmets this year.
Several Bills players praised the fans for their enthusiasm. Veteran offensive line-up Dion Dawkins said he’s been trying to explain to some of his new teammates how different the Buffalo fan experience is.
“Ever since young men came here, Von, well, Von is not a young man. But the older people, the rookies, I said, ‘You don’t know.’ They said, ‘All right, all right.’ Now they see it and say, ‘Dog, we understand now.’ The fans continued to show up and show up. This place is massive and it has electricity here, and I’m excited to be involved in helping these people have hope to play football, so it’s a great feeling,” said Dawkins, via WGRZ in Buffalo.
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