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Everyone knew the Los Angeles Chargers’ move from San Diego to Los Angeles was going to be a tough transition as they are leaving a devoted fan base and a great city.
However, no one thought that the players would be suffering from racial biases during their move.
According to Chargers defensive tackle Brandon Mebane’s blog, many players, including himself, had trouble renting housing because of their skin color. This has been an issue for Mebane in San Diego and Los Angeles.
Despite the fact they “exceeded the standard tenant requirements”, they were often “denied” with a “tier 1 credit score, references, a cover letter, and advanced payment.”
In addition, tenants “changed the requirements on another teammate after his family submitted their application so that they would no longer be eligible” to rent the home.
Just remember, this is an affluent, high-status professional football player that is being denied. No matter what, racism can’t be evaded in today’s world.
Being denied the right to live somewhere based upon race is preposterous. It goes to show how divided our country still is and that there is still plenty of work to do towards equality.
Mebane’s experience isn’t the exception, but it is the norm.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.