Chargers’ LaDainian Tomlinson: Spanos ‘did not want to leave’

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Former San Deigo Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson had a lot to say about the Chargers’ recent relocation during an interview with Mighty 1090AM’s Marty Caswell.

He mentioned that Chargers owner Dean Spanos “was tore up about it…[and] did not want to leave.” The family seems interested in alleviating the anger when the time is right as they were “hurt” by the move as well.

Despite that opportunity not being here yet, Spanos has already hired Tomlinson, who has ties to San Diego and has helped former San Diego Chargers employee Bill Johnston fight Huntington’s disease.

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In regards to Tomlinson, he was put in the tough position to try to mend the tensions between the fans and the organization. Most of San Diego did not understand that Spanos wanted to stay but was not given a realistic option to do so.

Now, Tomlinson seems to be the unofficial ambassador for the move, for he played in San Diego, just took a job with the organization and wore a San Diego proud shirt during the interview.

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The future Hall of Famer also mentioned that fans “want [him] to choose” a side. Unfortunately, Tomlinson “can’t do that,” but he would “continue to support the community.”

Overall, Spanos and Tomlinson want to make it right. Everyone just needs to have patience until the initial anger of the fan base subsides.

3 thoughts on “Chargers’ LaDainian Tomlinson: Spanos ‘did not want to leave’

  1. I used to see so many Chargers stickers on cars while driving to or from work. Not, they’re gone. Not every one of them, but almost every one of them.

    While we like and support the individual players, because we know this move was out of their hands, we despise owner Dean Spanos and resent that the NFL allowed this to happen. There’s no question in my mind that a stadium here was doable. Maybe not exactly what Mr. Spanos wished for, but a quality stadium nonetheless.

    Now that Mr. Spanos and the NFL have turned their backs on the San Diego fans, former fans like me, and I’ve been attending games regularly for nearly the team’s history here, have turned their collective backs on Spanos and the NFL. What a horrendous decision.

  2. “Everyone just needs to have patience until the initial anger of the fan base subsides.”
    You don’t understand. The initial anger of the fan base will not subside in this generation. Spanos removed a beloved team from its city and fans after 56 years in San Diego. People in Brooklyn today still hate the Dodgers for leaving them 60 years ago. The pain in SD for losing the Chargers will linger much longer than many people expect.

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