(Editor’s Note: Whitner has since apologized. I truly believe this was all a genuine mistake.)
Earlier today, it was reported that free agent Donte Whitner, Buffalo’s starting strong safety, had decided to sign with the Bengals. However, apparently old Donte couldn’t leave Buffalo without pulling one more act of Twitter ridiculousness. After implying over Twitter that he’d signed with the Bengals, we got this from Adam Schefter’s Twitter about a half-hour ago:
“Former Bills S Donte Whitner did NOT go to Cincinnati. He agreed to a 3-year, $11.75 million deal with $4 million gtd with the 49ERS.”
Whitner himself confirmed the signing with San Francisco not long thereafter on his own Twitter:
“Its official…49ers it is! Funny how God works…instead of playing against the 9ers I’m playing w/ the 9ers…”
After he “signed” with the Bengals, Whitner decided that he would give Buffalo media personality Sal Capaccio the ”opportunity” to break the story. Sounds pretty cool, right? And, had Whitner been serious, it really would have been a great gesture to Capaccio. All Whitner asked was that Capaccio sit on the news until Whitner could inform his position coach of the signing. Sal did that, and once he broke the news he was very appreciative of Whitner:
However, as news began to break that Whitner was actually going to San Francisco, Sal was a bit confused, as Whitner had very clearly stated that he was going to be a Bengal:
Now, Sal is more than a little ticked off:
Good luck getting that apology, Sal, as much as you deserve one.
I feel a bit sick. I’ve defended Donte Whitner time and time again, even saying yesterday I hoped Buffalo re-signs the guy. And I don’t begrudge him for signing with the 49ers…but why do this? Why deliberately mislead two fanbases? Maybe he has some sort of beef with Bills fans for calling him a bust and all that…but why take Bengals fans on this ride? Why intentionally screw with Sal Capaccio like that? I mean, for a media guy, that’s his reputation. That’s attacking his career. Disgusting.
Anyway, I’ll have to give Chan Gailey and Buddy Nix some credit: running away from Whitner may have actually been one of the better moves they’ve made while in charge of the Bills. I was upset at first Whitner was gone, but forget that now. Bring on George Wilson. That man is a class act, and I’ll never have to worry about him pulling bull like this.
Good riddance, Donte. You won’t really be missed.