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L.T.'S MOM: "IT DOESN'T LOOK PROMISING"

As the Chargers and running back LaDainian Tomlinson continue publicly to express hope that they’ll work out a restructured contract that will pay L.T. something other than $6.725 million in 2009, his mother, Loreane, told XX 1090 in San Diego on Thursday that the situation “doesn’t look promising.”
“They almost like handed him crumbs,” Loreane Tomlinson said as to the offer that the Chargers have made.
Of the uncertainty as to L.T.’s status, she said, “It’s almost like a slap in the face. . . .  Tell us something.”
Though she explained that the situation is hard on the family, she said that her son is keeping a positive outlook.  “I’ll be playing somewhere,” L.T. told his mother, according to his mother.  “I don’t know where, but wherever I go it’ll be OK.”
We’d love to know how it came to be that Mrs. Tomlinson ended up doing a radio spot.  The hosts weren’t sure how to pronounce her name, so it’s not like she’s a regular on the station.  
Based on what she said, our guess is that someone in the L.T. camp realized that she would be the best person to get the message into circulation, without giving anyone in the media fodder for claiming that LaDainian is whining about his situation. 

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60 Responses to “L.T.'S MOM: "IT DOESN'T LOOK PROMISING"”
  1. sjt2115 says: Mar 5, 2009 5:22 PM

    Oh Jesus. Why is 1090 talking to his mother? This is bad.

  2. steeltown pride says: Mar 5, 2009 5:24 PM

    Why do parents talk to the press ? Makes Tomlinson look like a pussy . Im all old and used up and if you dont pay me ill get my mommy on the radio ? lol

  3. PackAttack says: Mar 5, 2009 5:25 PM

    Anyone remember Jeff Georges Mom running on to the field at Purdue?
    I’m reminded of that weirdness right here.

  4. dystopianow says: Mar 5, 2009 5:25 PM

    Hmm, my best guess is his mom can give him a sentimental/moral/pity “slant.” Kind of the way that people will look down on the chargers since they’re putting a players mother through so much worry. Just a hunch.

  5. greensmackginny says: Mar 5, 2009 5:26 PM

    AH yes, those Chunky Soups commercials she is in has earned her alot of credibility .

  6. Stillers says: Mar 5, 2009 5:26 PM

    This situation is rediculas. Talk about using someone. They had his back when he was MVP breaking TD records but now that he gets injured they throw him out on the curb. Not a huge LT fan or anything but I hope he goes somewhere and torches Crybaby Rivers and the Chargers for 300+ yards next season. LT deserves better than this…

  7. chodeboy says: Mar 5, 2009 5:28 PM

    $6.95 million is crumbs? that’s news to me

  8. jmclarkent says: Mar 5, 2009 5:29 PM

    Hopefully he signs with the Eagles. Then Wilma McNabb and Loreane Tomlinson can set up play dates for their childern during the offseason.

  9. The Scribe says: Mar 5, 2009 5:29 PM

    Momma LT should just threaten to take their Chunky Soup away from them if they don’t re-sign him.

  10. fidster says: Mar 5, 2009 5:32 PM

    “They’re handing him crumbs… millions and millions of crumbs.”

  11. Ras-Hype says: Mar 5, 2009 5:32 PM

    1090 needs the ratings…. mama kno i can handle my own bidness!!

  12. happybunny says: Mar 5, 2009 5:33 PM

    Yeah, and I’m sure millions of Americans would love to be living off of those “crumbs.”
    Damn, lady, what a dumb ass and insensitive comment to make at this time in our country!

  13. HarrisonHits says: Mar 5, 2009 5:35 PM

    Oh WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. No wonder he’s such a whiner, its clear who taught him.

  14. supertecmobowl says: Mar 5, 2009 5:36 PM

    Low Class.
    I hope the Chargers cut him.

  15. raidereric44 says: Mar 5, 2009 5:36 PM

    boohoo…………………….

  16. TheDudesDad says: Mar 5, 2009 5:37 PM

    I wonder if he has called Shaun Alexander yet?

  17. Treez says: Mar 5, 2009 5:37 PM

    He definitely won’t be back.. both sides just want to be able to blame the other when it happens.

  18. Ralph GreNader says: Mar 5, 2009 5:37 PM

    usually im ok with players getting paid millions of dollars. they have a specialized skill that is in demand that I can’t do. so make as much money as you want.
    …but did she really refer to the millions they’re paying him as ”crumbs?” That’s F-cking Outrageous if you ask me. Crumbs!!!
    If he’s being offered crumbs than the rest of us are starving to death! Oh wait with the economy in shambles some of us are starving to death.
    absolutely OUTRAGEOUS

  19. Stoogie says: Mar 5, 2009 5:39 PM

    ““They almost like handed him crumbs,” Loreane Tomlinson said as to the offer that the Chargers have made.”
    I’m pretty sure it wasn’t exactly “crumbs” and I’m pretty confident when I say that if the Chargers have offered LT anything, it’s probably a number that has 7 figures in it.
    Christ, approaching 8% unemployment across the U.S., there are families living on Ramen Noodles and LT’s mother is complaining that the offer he got from the Chargers is almost like crumbs. Cry me a freaking river.
    Hey, Loreane, unless your son blew the millions and millions of dollars that the Chargers paid him the last few year by “making it rain” or investing in the purple drank, I’m sure that you’re going to have no problem figuring out where your next dinner is coming from. So save us the B.S. and stay off the radio.

  20. Forum cop says: Mar 5, 2009 5:41 PM

    For crying out loud lady did your quitter of a son piss away his millions already on your lazy ass or what?????????? If he didn’t invest yhe JACK he already got then too damn bad. You sound just like a welfare sponge except it is your quitter of a son that is your money tree!!! So shut the HELL UP!!!!

  21. ElCabong says: Mar 5, 2009 5:44 PM

    Of your time in San Diego; Campbell’s Soup says “Great run L.T.!”

  22. cameron says: Mar 5, 2009 5:45 PM

    yes, mike. she is a regular, she does scott and BR show every couple of weeks to promote chunky soup becasue she is part of the sponsor.
    thats why she came on.

  23. Blackbeard says: Mar 5, 2009 5:52 PM

    Maybe Epstein’s mother will write him a note to get out of class!

  24. HowardStern says: Mar 5, 2009 5:55 PM

    My mom thinks everything will be fine in San Diego.

  25. George C says: Mar 5, 2009 5:56 PM

    LT is the most overrated player in the league.
    I won’t buy Campbells soup either..

  26. The Great Purveyor of Logical Ineptidude says: Mar 5, 2009 5:58 PM

    Ahhh, what a great quote. Any kind of NFL salary being referred to as “crumbs”. Way to go, Mom.

  27. The Great Purveyor of Logical Ineptidude says: Mar 5, 2009 6:03 PM

    LT puts the “whale’s vagina” in San Diego.

  28. jays2012 says: Mar 5, 2009 6:05 PM

    come to the aints… we’ll take his mom to!!!!!

  29. Ray Guy says: Mar 5, 2009 6:05 PM

    This goes down as a whole new meaning to “Go ask your mother”.

  30. Steelers2Tampa says: Mar 5, 2009 6:12 PM

    LT’s mum wears a tinted visor too.

  31. RockyVegas says: Mar 5, 2009 6:12 PM

    My mom called my boss once and complained i wasnt appreciated enough at work. Now he is my stepdad and i am the regional assistant vice-manager and can work from home on the internet.

  32. fidster says: Mar 5, 2009 6:13 PM

    No soup for you, LT!!

  33. spanky07 says: Mar 5, 2009 6:13 PM

    6 million bucks…. to play a game…. and LT wants more and feels insulted….but just the fact we care and continue to support this sport makes me wonder who’s really insane.

  34. Sundance says: Mar 5, 2009 6:15 PM

    Toss me some of them crumbs Ms T!! Man, does she
    even have a clue as to what a lot of folks in this country
    are going through?? What a dip stick!!

  35. bonecity7 says: Mar 5, 2009 6:24 PM

    RockyVegas,
    OUTSTANDING!!! LOL!!

  36. Alpheratz says: Mar 5, 2009 6:26 PM

    I haven’t been able to stand him ever since the “no class” remarks after their playoff loss to the Pats.
    I’m rather enjoying all of this.
    The Donovan McNabb of the west coast.

  37. marvismyhero says: Mar 5, 2009 6:29 PM

    I love the people posting on here–full of machismo and bravado–as if they wouldn’t bitch about it if they were in the same situation. I understand being ignorant but don’t be hypocritical.

  38. purplejesus28 says: Mar 5, 2009 6:30 PM

    this sounds Sprewellesque, “How am I suppose to feed my famliy on this?”

  39. btreese says: Mar 5, 2009 6:38 PM

    Wanna bet his mom is trying to a get a bail out? lol…stupid turds..

  40. stacker says: Mar 5, 2009 6:43 PM

    LT is a big panzi…. Cut him and let him sign elsewhere he just isn’t a winner

  41. empty13 says: Mar 5, 2009 6:44 PM

    stupid people say stupid things. ldt and his momma deserve real crumbs and that’s it.

  42. Ras-Hype says: Mar 5, 2009 6:45 PM

    “Hopefully he signs with the Eagles. Then Wilma McNabb and Loreane Tomlinson can set up play dates for their childern during the offseason.”
    now that was funny!
    how is ladanian tomlinson overrated? do you watch football? nfl?

  43. Popeye says: Mar 5, 2009 6:57 PM

    George C- HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAH……..loooooooooooooooooooooserrrrrr

  44. steveadler76 says: Mar 5, 2009 7:08 PM

    I think before everyone jumps on LT’s mom you need to listen to these guys on 1090. I am a native of San Diego and these guys (radio personalities) have no idea what they are doing.
    The two guys were pulled off the street and there ratings have been in the tank for the few months they have been on. I’m sure they chased her much more than she chased them.
    Desperate people trying to raise ratings to save there jobs. It’s horrible media and we shouldn’t even give them the time to discuss it.
    I’m sure right now the Lynch family (which owns the station) is sitting back enjoying the free pub and the additional hits on it’s website.
    Once again, SHAME ON 1090!

  45. joetoronto says: Mar 5, 2009 7:14 PM

    chodeboy says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 5:28 pm
    $6.95 million is crumbs? that’s news to me
    ===============================================
    Hell ya, how’s he supposed to feed his family…er…mommy?

  46. nedirect says: Mar 5, 2009 7:22 PM

    Why do parents talk to the press ? Makes Tomlinson look like a pussy .
    News Flash:
    this guy is a pussy. in consecutive years he sat out eliminatiion playoff games and has never stepped up when his team needed him.

  47. Boltschick says: Mar 5, 2009 7:44 PM

    Guys, there seems to be a misunderstanding.
    LT is supposed to make $6.6 million this year, but unless he agrees to accept less money, the Chargers will trade or release him. He is not asking for *more* money.
    Whatever the Chargers are offering, it’s probably a lot less than what he’s due to earn under his contract. “Crumbs” was probably not a good choice of words, but the offer is probably on the low side.
    LT was hurt most of the season and has decided not to have surgery on his groin muscle that tore from the bone. So there’s a lot of uncertainty about how he’ll perform in the future. He looked like his old self during the last game of the season, though–it was beautiful to watch. He trains really, really hard and he will be great next year if he can stay healthy. With the Chargers’ luck, they will release him and he will win the rushing title.

  48. Treez says: Mar 5, 2009 8:13 PM

    Boltschick, I’m a Charger fan.. maybe the only one that wanted Turner over LT. I got banned from a few message boards for it. I think LT’s days of rushing titles are behind him, if he gets one it will say more about the team than him. Notice how Sproles put the team over the top.. once the SD fans see fresh legs in there they’ll forget about Tomlinson being released REAL QUICK.

  49. empty13 says: Mar 5, 2009 8:18 PM

    ldt is just a well established cedben.
    ldt: mommy! mommy! can you do a radio spot for me? mean mr. a. j. is only giving me crumbs!
    mama: why yes my little visor boy i will go tell the radio people how mean mr. smith is being to you!

  50. litzsout619 says: Mar 5, 2009 9:19 PM

    My Momma said I cant play the foozeball no more!

  51. steveadler76 says: Mar 5, 2009 9:25 PM

    Boltschick, I’m right there with you.
    Treez, REALLY? no really?? The year we let Tuner go, he was not good. With the exception of two long runs he avg around 3.5 YPC. He made his money in the playoff game v. the Colts. Sounds familiar huh!
    Props to Turner for this great year in ATL, but to think after his subpar year he would be able to have this type of year is crazy. At the same time, Turner is able to produce in that offense because it’s geared for the run, the Chargers are not geared for a heavy run attack.
    Turner would have been a two down back in SD at best. LT still managed to run for 1100 yards and another 10+ TD year even with no fullback and a bad toe.
    The team needs to stop this nonsense and move forward with LT. The additional room ($4mil) created by the salary cap last week, should have put this issue to rest, unless they are trying to work out something more long term past this year. After this year his contract starts to get a bit crazy with the dollars.
    If they need to clear room, CUT CHAMBERS! It would save 4.55 mil in ’09. Otherwise, let’s get a FB in here and draft a RB in the 3rd or 4th that can give LT a rest in between the 40’s.

  52. jcdavey says: Mar 5, 2009 10:51 PM

    “make the bad man in the hawaiian shirt, stop , mama!”
    dig that hole, LT

  53. McGarret says: Mar 5, 2009 11:11 PM

    Scott Kaplan is the biggest egomaniac self-promoter on radio. Just laugh along Billy-Ray as usual….For a guy that’s been a millionaire since he was 21 & also holds a finance degree…you sure dont work hard for your comfort….as for Scott, stop the shameless self-promotion and leave L.T’s Mom out of this… what a new low for you guys…. geez…..holy Wo Fatt….

  54. VonClausewitz says: Mar 5, 2009 11:31 PM

    I think it’s great news. People need to know how the Chargers treat their players. And their players, or soon to be ex-players, need to let people know that they can’t get away with it. If the players don’t stand up for themselves, if only to demand a minimum of respect, then management will only think they can do whatever they want with no repercussions. This kinda attitude travels across the league quickly. Hey, we all know it’s about money and you’re only as good as your last year. We all know that management acts purely out of self interest for the most part anyway. But if a player is given an option to play for a franchise that is upfront and respectful to their players versus one which has a history of reneging on their most talented players, which one do you think they’ll chose? How much is that extra 2 mill on a multiyear contract when you don’t even know if the team will stick to its agreement? Much better to play for a team where you know you fit in and they’ll stand by you. Look at the Pats. You don’t see players running away from that franchise. Guys go there, and often take less, because they know the coach is upfront and if you do your part, and are still capable of doing your part, there’s no need to change it up. That and they don’t burn out their players like the Chargers are seemingly fond of doing. If players want teams to treat them better they need to put their support in those teams that have a demonstrable history of doing that. Consider it akin to consumer pressure. Anyway, it’s obvious LT is better off somewhere else. SD’s record was built on his back, and even with all their talent they still couldn’t find a way to win. It’s time to move on. Things change quickly in this league and LT might be surprised how many options there really are. He’d look good in Denver or Tennessee too.

  55. filbertkiwi71 says: Mar 6, 2009 5:37 AM

    teveadler76 says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 9:25 pm
    “Boltschick, I’m right there with you.
    Treez, REALLY? no really?? The year we let Tuner go, he was not good. With the exception of two long runs he avg around 3.5 YPC. He made his money in the playoff game v. the Colts. Sounds familiar huh!
    Props to Turner for this great year in ATL, but to think after his subpar year he would be able to have this type of year is crazy. At the same time, Turner is able to produce in that offense because it’s geared for the run, the Chargers are not geared for a heavy run attack.
    Turner would have been a two down back in SD at best. LT still managed to run for 1100 yards and another 10+ TD year even with no fullback and a bad toe.
    The team needs to stop this nonsense and move forward with LT. The additional room ($4mil) created by the salary cap last week, should have put this issue to rest, unless they are trying to work out something more long term past this year. After this year his contract starts to get a bit crazy with the dollars.
    If they need to clear room, CUT CHAMBERS! It would save 4.55 mil in ‘09. Otherwise, let’s get a FB in here and draft a RB in the 3rd or 4th that can give LT a rest in between the 40’s. ”
    ====
    I am also one of those people that thought LT should have been traded the year before and that Turner should have been kept. True, the Charger offensive line isn’t the best, but Turner didn’t exactly get a lot of touches either. He is one of those backs that needs a lot of touches.
    You can’t move into the future with LT who will be 30 years old this year. How much future could there possibly be? This entire LT/Charger situation should have been settled by now. LT has been the highest paid back for how many years? His production doesn’t warrant the contract that he makes now, not that any pro athlete is worth millions of dollars.
    As for cutting Chambers, who did you replace him with? VJ who might have some legal issues?
    I read that people want the Chargers to trade Volek. Really? If Rivers goes down, who will be the starting QB? Don’t tell me Whitehurst.
    As for the crumbs comment, if LT’s mom did say that, then LT just lost any leverage he had.
    I have said it before and I will say it again. Sproles hasn’t signed his tender yet. He isn’t going to get the amount that he was tendered unless he stays for one year and leaves. The only way LT stays is if Sproles signs a long term deal first for less money than the tender.
    The Chargers were stupid if they didn’t see this coming. Asking LT to renegotiate his contract then tender Sproles that high wasn’t going to go over well with LT.
    The loss of O’Neil did not hurt this team that much. Sure, Lorenzo was a great blocker, but if he was kept, he couldn’t make up for the sub-par offensive line play this past season. Besides, Lorenzo asked for his release and the Chargers granted it.
    LT was the old LT for one game this last season. One game against a crappy Denver defense then he got hurt again.

  56. filbertkiwi71 says: Mar 6, 2009 5:51 AM

    VonClausewitz says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 11:31 pm
    “I think it’s great news. People need to know how the Chargers treat their players. And their players, or soon to be ex-players, need to let people know that they can’t get away with it. If the players don’t stand up for themselves, if only to demand a minimum of respect, then management will only think they can do whatever they want with no repercussions. This kinda attitude travels across the league quickly. Hey, we all know it’s about money and you’re only as good as your last year. We all know that management acts purely out of self interest for the most part anyway. But if a player is given an option to play for a franchise that is upfront and respectful to their players versus one which has a history of reneging on their most talented players, which one do you think they’ll chose? How much is that extra 2 mill on a multiyear contract when you don’t even know if the team will stick to its agreement? Much better to play for a team where you know you fit in and they’ll stand by you. Look at the Pats. You don’t see players running away from that franchise. Guys go there, and often take less, because they know the coach is upfront and if you do your part, and are still capable of doing your part, there’s no need to change it up. That and they don’t burn out their players like the Chargers are seemingly fond of doing. If players want teams to treat them better they need to put their support in those teams that have a demonstrable history of doing that. Consider it akin to consumer pressure. Anyway, it’s obvious LT is better off somewhere else. SD’s record was built on his back, and even with all their talent they still couldn’t find a way to win. It’s time to move on. Things change quickly in this league and LT might be surprised how many options there really are. He’d look good in Denver or Tennessee too. “

  57. filbertkiwi71 says: Mar 6, 2009 7:47 AM

    Correction in regard to my Chambers comment. I meant to say.:
    As for cutting Chambers, who would you replace him with? VJ who might have some legal issues? “

  58. pfitz says: Mar 6, 2009 8:25 AM

    Little crumbs is exactly what the chargers got out of LT in the playoffs.This guy is a self centered whiner and always has been but he is classy just ask him..

  59. Butterfingers_Brisby says: Mar 6, 2009 10:03 AM

    “without giving anyone in the media fodder for claiming that LaDainian is whining about his situation.”
    Whining is all this jerk does besides sitting on the sidelines during playoff games. Oh but I forgot, he is a “very classy guy”………

  60. 61niner says: Mar 6, 2009 4:03 PM

    LT needs to be a charger for life, just as Tony Gwynn is a padre for life. if the gm’s of our sport franchises aren’t gonna do the necessary things to bring a championship to san diego, at least give us some players to love for their accomplishments. seau was the biggest mistake to ever let go.

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