Darius Slay is an extremely talented NFL cornerback and a premier entertainer, in that order. Currently in Orlando for his second consecutive Pro Bowl, Slay was displaying his latter talent during a set of practices on Wednesday. And just like last year, the Detroit Lions were there to film it all—with a body camera and a microphone to catch all of Slay’s conversations with his fellow Pro Bowlers.
He did not disappoint.
.@_bigplayslay23 is back at the #ProBowl and mic'd up for day 1 of practice. pic.twitter.com/XEaDvrN8ed— Detroit Lions (@Lions) January 23, 2019
Slay seemed to have a lot of fun trash-talking some fellow NFC North players, starting first with Packers receiver Davante Adams.
“You don’t block like that in the real game,” Slay barked at Adams with a laugh after a rep.
Then it was onto Vikings receiver Adam Thielen , who was also down in Orlando for the second consecutive year. Only Thielen wasn’t the topic of discussion; his quarterback was.
[Editor’s note: He was speaking with Vikings safety Harrison Smith, not Thielen. Sorry about that mixup.]
“I don’t know what Kirk (Cousins) was thinking we he threw that pick to me,” Slay told Smith. “I read that whole thing so smooth. I said, ‘Give me that. Kirk, what you trippin’ for? You see me right here.’ He’s looking dead at me and threw it. I said, ‘Oh my gosh, thank you.’”
Then Slay turned his attention to Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen. Slay picked off Rosen for his first career pick six and defended two additional passes in a game in which the Lions won 17-3.
“Y’all quarterback was trippin’,” Slay told Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. “He gave me all them opportunities to make a play. I said, “No, he’s not finna to keep doing that.’”
But Slay wasn’t just about trash talking this week. He and Peterson seemed to get along nicely. The two talked about their age, their families and their already long careers in the NFL. He also gave props to the Cowboys offensive line and Ezekiel Elliott.
Anything Slay says or does is must-see TV, so watch the entire thing here.