Eagles Star Explains Why He Vetoed Trade to ‘Hated’ Cowboys

Darius Slay

Getty Pro Bowl CB Darius Slay has 22 career interceptions, including two through nine games this season.

Bad playoff losses leave a stinging sensation in players’ mouths. Those defeats burn a bit more when the refs play a role in the unfavorable outcome.

The latter happened to the Detroit Lions in 2015 when a penalty flag was thrown and then picked up. Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens bowled over Brandon Pettigrew in what looked like an easy pass interference call. It wasn’t called and no explanation was ever given. The Lions lost the wild-card playoff game 24-20.

That memory may be six years old but it still irks Darius Slay who was a starting cornerback for the Lions at the time. Slay recently told the “All Things Covered” podcast that he “hates the Cowboys” because they “cheated us.” The comments certainly played well in Philadelphia where the Eagles count the Cowboys as their number one rival. “Dallas Sucks” is a common chant from the fans, among other NSFW diatribes about the Cowboys.

“I hate the Cowboys because they cheated us in the playoffs in 2014,” Slay told Bryant McFadden. “When Dez Bryant ran up on the field. They pulled the flag. Yeah, they cheated us.”

Slay also revealed that Dallas was trying to trade for him and he refused to go there.

“I heard Dallas had wanted to trade for me,” Slay said. “I said, ‘Nah, I ain’t going there.’ I wasn’t going to Dallas. I couldn’t stand them. They cheated us.”

The three-time Pro Bowler didn’t say when those talks happened or how serious they got, but it’s safe to assume it was around the 2019 trade deadline. The Eagles eventually acquired Slay in the 2020 offseason.


Pass Interference Call Against Cowboys Should Not Have Been Overturned – Mike PereiraMike Pereira talks about the controversial defensive passing interference call in the 4th quarter of the wild-card game between the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys. SUBSCRIBE to get the latest FOX Sports content: youtube.com/FoxSports Watch the latest popular FOX Sports clips: youtube.com/watch?v=xrTYW4xSMlY&list=PLSoN6Th-EepNkAbtoXFyKdMPd8lvG95wj Connect with FOX Sports Online: Visit the FOXS ports WEBSITE: foxsports.com/ Like…2015-01-05T02:15:47Z

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