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Keenan Allen catches flak for wearing Raiders hat

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When players are drafted by NFL teams, they may have some past allegiances to other clubs to put aside.

Sometimes that doesn’t happen quite quickly enough to please fans of their new team. Such is the case for Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, who posted a Vine video of himself wearing a Raiders hat while sipping on a drink. The Raiders and Chargers have had a healthy animosity for one another since their days in the AFL and that’s led to some angry reactions from Chargers fans on social media.

Lobshots.com has compiled some of these responses (there’s some not safe for work language in that mix) as well as the offending picture, which has since been deleted. Allen has also tweeted out an apology and promise that he won’t be wearing any more silver and black in the future.

That’s a prudent fashion choice on Allen’s part, although the phrase making mountains out of molehills does come to mind. While the prospect of an NFL rookie coming into the league to make as a secret agent tasked with taking down an organization makes for a corker of a story, there’s not much chance our fictional Manchurian Candidate would spell out his intentions by wearing another team’s hat in public.

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60 Responses to “Keenan Allen catches flak for wearing Raiders hat”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: May 20, 2013 3:34 PM

    I love it, the kid has his head & hat on straight! !!

  2. reesesteel23 says: May 20, 2013 3:38 PM

    Shouldnt have apologized. Charger fans are the last ones that should be trying to run talent out of town…….because they just might leave!!

  3. trendyhammer says: May 20, 2013 3:38 PM

    He should have waited to do this.

    Unless he PLANNED it that is?.

  4. mataug says: May 20, 2013 3:40 PM

    Redskins fan here but have to say some of the Raiders hats are kinda cool

  5. rubicon202 says: May 20, 2013 3:40 PM

    Ooops! Everybody wants to be a Raider!

  6. socalraider909 says: May 20, 2013 3:42 PM

    I don’t blame him who would want to wear anything that has to do with the chargers he’s a Raider at heart

  7. larryboodry says: May 20, 2013 3:48 PM

    Lennay put him up to it.

  8. Stiller43 says: May 20, 2013 3:49 PM

    I’d love to condemn the charger fans for being upset, but if one of our (steelers) young guys was wearing a ravens hat, i’d be upset.

  9. mullman76 says: May 20, 2013 3:50 PM

    I love it. Well done Keenan.

    The kid went to Cal. Not to mention, Silver and Black look better than blue and gold, or maroon and gold, or any other silly color scheme other NFL teams have the misfortune of wearing.

    Relax charger fan. You know grown men can’t walk around in powder blue.

  10. sickoe47 says: May 20, 2013 3:52 PM

    Sorry kid,we can’t always decide who are family is.in your case what team drafts you,everyone can’t be a raider!!

  11. raiderlyfe510 says: May 20, 2013 3:52 PM

    Way to go Keenan! San Diego’s Raider Nation’s home away from home anyway.

  12. nogoodtomedead says: May 20, 2013 3:53 PM

    Totally being blown out of proportion. Youth wear the hats of any and every team- its more about fashion then anything. I’m a Raider fan- in the east bay of California. I see every team’s gear out here- when some kid walks buy wearing a Charlotte Bobcats hat I know it isn’t because he supports the team. Lighten up- although as a Raider fan I hope he is feeding us the playbook……………………..

  13. dalcow4 says: May 20, 2013 3:57 PM

    “…although the phrase making mountains out of molehills does come to mind”

    ————————————

    That phrase comes to mind nearly every time I’m here.

  14. humb0lt says: May 20, 2013 3:59 PM

    He’ll learn to hate the Raiders soon enough. Especially when the Chargers start winning and the Raiders continue to suck.

  15. vbe2 says: May 20, 2013 3:59 PM

    “…the phrase making mountains out of molehills does come to mind. ”
    ===============================
    That’s exactly what someone who knows nothing about the NFL would say…

  16. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 20, 2013 4:00 PM

    Just likes wearing the better colors…that’s all.

  17. mrgroovesd says: May 20, 2013 4:01 PM

    Hey Keenan,

    Thanks for taking some of the heat off of me in the locker room. It’s been nice not having the vets haze me like they are you. Let’s have lunch sometime…on me! In n Out?

    Cheers,

    Manti T’eo

  18. ryann252013 says: May 20, 2013 4:01 PM

    Who cares? you can be a fan of another team, its no big deal you’re going to put away your fandom to make that paycheck when you play them anyway.

  19. wisewoo says: May 20, 2013 4:02 PM

    Reminds me of my undergrad basketball rivalry. Two pathetic teams crying over who is slightly less pathetic.

    Chargers are clearly better but is being better than the Raiders an accomplishment?

  20. carlsbadboltfan says: May 20, 2013 4:04 PM

    Funny reading all these bandwagon raider fans comments. When Allen is torching your pathetic team on the field, let’s see you laugh then.

  21. deathonwings410 says: May 20, 2013 4:05 PM

    The Raiders hat is popular cuz their logo looks cool. I’m a hardcore Ravens fan but I have a Raiders snapback.

  22. deliveredbysherpa says: May 20, 2013 4:12 PM

    Did Roger Goodell fine him?

  23. 13arod says: May 20, 2013 4:18 PM

    i heard that cc from the yankeeys wore a dodges hat at a broklen nets game what is the diffefience

  24. logicalrob says: May 20, 2013 4:21 PM

    Classic example of coddled athlete having ZERO common sense… so if you worked for Pepsi, would you let people see you wearing a coke t-shirt — burger king/mcdonalds… etc etc. virtually everyone here who comments knows their direct competition in whatever they do for a living…

    complete lack of common sense by the rookie.

  25. 619sdfan4life says: May 20, 2013 4:22 PM

    Good job kid. Any chance of being liked has just gonna out the window. Giving the most arrested and uneducated fans ammo EPIC fail…Personally I’m good with a trade at this point. Not sure why we drafted this kid any ways. Should have saved that pick for a line men… Been a chargers fan since I can remember and have never seen anyone stoop so low as to wear that trash. It must have been laundry day.. Good luck Keenan. Hope your knee holds up

  26. demolition510 says: May 20, 2013 4:29 PM

    Bandwagon Raider fans? Hmmmm. Okay CarlsbadDumbolt.

  27. brassknuckles47 says: May 20, 2013 4:31 PM

    Give the kid a break! He never passed ‘Creative Thinking’ while in college.

  28. markchmurasbabysitter says: May 20, 2013 4:34 PM

    POLL: Would you rather live in SD or OAK?

  29. johndank says: May 20, 2013 4:51 PM

    POLL: Would you rather live in SD or OAK?

    thats not even debatable…SD all day

  30. jdphx says: May 20, 2013 4:53 PM

    “”Funny reading all these bandwagon raider fans comments.””

    Raider fans are real fans….

  31. demolition510 says: May 20, 2013 4:53 PM

    Poll: Would you rather be a Raider or Dolt?

  32. johndank says: May 20, 2013 5:02 PM

    Poll: Would you rather be a Raider or Dolt?

    hmmm…with the raiders not accomplishing anything soon and with there 3-16 record against the chargers the last 19 games id rather be a charger. easy

  33. autmnwind79 says: May 20, 2013 5:35 PM

    The Raiders can’t draft everybody

  34. bigpap says: May 20, 2013 5:39 PM

    could someone clue me into where this dude lives? I’d love to send him an eli manning jersey

  35. grimmlock42 says: May 20, 2013 6:03 PM

    Johndank,

    I know you’d love to forget the previous 97 games played before the last 19, but it doesn’t work that way. Before your little 3-16 record the last 19 games, the chargers overall record against the raiders was a pathetic 54-28-2. Now that it’s a reasonable 57-47-2, the chargers still have to win 10 more games to even compare themselves to the raiders. Without mentioning superbowls, once again, the raiders and chargers rivalry isn’t really a rivalry . It’s a one-sided victory for the silver and black.

  36. tjzoo says: May 20, 2013 6:09 PM

    @John Dank

    What have the Chargers accomplished EVER!?

  37. raiderapologist says: May 20, 2013 6:14 PM

    humb0lt says: May 20, 2013 3:59 PM

    He’ll learn to hate the Raiders soon enough. Especially when the Chargers start winning and the Raiders continue to suck.
    —————–
    Wonder if humb0lt took off his Raider hat when he wrote that.

  38. baileytheskydiver says: May 20, 2013 6:36 PM

    Im sure he will start hating oakland soon.

  39. chargersdiehard says: May 20, 2013 6:48 PM

    Look how little it takes to get raider fans excited! I wouldnt make more of it than it is. About 90 percent of people in cali wear raiders gear, doesnt mean they are actual fans. 90 percent of that 90 percent is just trying to look gangster. They couldnt name 5 people on the raiders. Ohh wait neither can I. Better go buy myself a pirate hooker hat like keenen.

  40. bobzilla1001 says: May 20, 2013 6:48 PM

    This is the exact reason “rivalries” shouldn’t be taken seriously by the fans. People get all worked up over the Steelers’ Ryan Clark visiting the Ravens’ locker room after a game. Get over it. Players simply don’t hate each other the way fans want players to hate.

  41. chargersdiehard says: May 20, 2013 6:49 PM

    This just in ….. He purchashed the hat at goodwill for 2 bucks. Couldnt pass up what could become a relic of a franchise soon enuff.

  42. dougydougdoug says: May 20, 2013 7:04 PM

    grimmlock42:

    Only a “nation” fanatic would reference ancient history. Alas, it’s all that Oakland fanatics can do, with a team so dysfunctional, and so bad, that they may never get out from under their own shadow.

    On top of that, any discrepancies in historical match-ups are WAY more than mitigated by the fact that the Chargers play in one of the nicest cities in the world. The Raiders play in one of the most blighted, and filth-ridden places. I’d compare Oakland to parts of Afghanistan, but that would seriously insult those Afghans.

    So, let the new kid wear some silly “nation” pirate gear. He’s young, and dumb. Once he matures, he’ll realize just how silly he was.

  43. bolted4life says: May 20, 2013 7:10 PM

    The “many” Raider fans that are claimed here in San Diego is a Myth, more Charger fans than any other no doubt.

    And the straggler fans from LA Raider fan club do come down in the game in force, I mean there isn’t another place that close to LA to watch a game.

    Chargers have owned the Raiders for 9 years. And it looks like it isn’t going to end anytime soon.

    Go Bolts!

  44. robgilman says: May 20, 2013 7:51 PM

    Case in point that Raider fans are the most loyal in all of sports. Props to Allen and thanks for the spy work.

  45. vltrophy14 says: May 20, 2013 8:05 PM

    The guy is crazy. Yes the Chargers blow but Da Rrrrrraiders are even worse. Die hard fans are die hard & that’s great. BUT if I’m the HC or owner of the Chargers & your being pd hundreds of thousands of dollars a yr to play for the boltz then I tell him u do it again & I’ll fine ya $5000. It double each time. If he keeps it up then I say trade him to da Rrrrrrraiders cause the guys in idiot. Who knows if he’d tank a play or 2 against them. Jus sayin

  46. vltrophy14 says: May 20, 2013 8:09 PM

    If Raider fans are the best ever why don’t they sell out all their games like the Packers have done since the early “60″s. AND they have a waiting list of over 90,000 people waiting to get season tix. Raider fans are die hard fans BUT so are Packers fans & we’re number 1

  47. vltrophy14 says: May 20, 2013 8:15 PM

    Charger fans are SO weak that when the Packers played them in 2010 at SD there were Ssssssssssoooooooooo many Packers fans there u could hear the chant GO PACK GO very loud & clear. Chargers fans go to the back of the line

  48. rayguyreturns says: May 20, 2013 8:15 PM

    “dougydougdoug says:
    grimmlock42:

    Only a “nation” fanatic would reference ancient history. Alas, it’s all that Oakland fanatics can do, with a team so dysfunctional, and so bad, that they may never get out from under their own shadow.”
    ____________________________________
    Doug with a stutter.
    At least the Raiders HAVE a history.
    Go dust your empty trophy case.

  49. faaast1 says: May 20, 2013 8:35 PM

    With a stupid, arrogant, dirt-for-brains move like that, are you sure his name isn’t Ryan Leaf?

    What’s his next classy move? Maybe he can pull a Jim McMahon, and blow snot all over some reporter.

    Get rid of this punk, before he does some real damage.

  50. dumbolt says: May 20, 2013 8:44 PM

    humb0lt says:
    May 20, 2013 3:59 PM
    He’ll learn to hate the Raiders soon enough. Especially when the Chargers start winning and the Raiders continue to suck.
    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -

    key word was “start” ….please let me know what decade this will be.

  51. turtlefox1 says: May 20, 2013 8:50 PM

    Anybody see Espn’s 30 for 30 episode on what the Raider’s meant to the community and rap scene? It was narrated by Ice Cube. The hat represents a culture. Give the kid a break.

  52. r8derfan33 says: May 20, 2013 10:38 PM

    Hmmm…Silver and Black, or baby blue and canary yellow with a chewed up toe nail for a symbol? Decisions, decisions.
    However, I remember a player walking into a Raider training camp a few years ago wearing a Falcons hat.
    You don’t wear a Burger King hat while you worked at McDonalds or vice versa.
    GO RAIDERS!

  53. lance19 says: May 20, 2013 11:17 PM

    In the Charger chat rooms here in San Diego, most were having a laugh about it. But for those attacking Charger fans, really? A guy you just drafted wears a hat of your biggest rival, and you aren’t going to say anything? C’mon…make up a more believable lie…

  54. mullman76 says: May 21, 2013 2:07 AM

    Charger fans are funny.

  55. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 21, 2013 2:41 AM

    And the Chargers think Te’o is the problem child?

  56. brientomas says: May 21, 2013 4:11 AM

    Poll: Would you rather be a Raider or Dolt?

    hmmm…with the raiders not accomplishing anything soon and with there 3-16 record against the chargers the last 19 games id rather be a charger. easy

    Now go do your homework before posting again.

    Here is the task. Who holds the all time winning record head to head….

    and btw, how is the Lombardi case looking in Doltville?

  57. joetoronto says: May 21, 2013 6:09 AM

    The kid obviously knows that the Chargers are one of those teams that will never win the big one.

    A complete loser of a team, city and fan base.

    Choo choo!

  58. dasmol says: May 21, 2013 2:44 PM

    It’s simple really. Raider gear is trendy. Like CEO’s on Harley’s.

    From Texas to Toronto, people just want to belong to the trendy group, which explains the raider “nation.”

  59. jjackwagon says: May 21, 2013 3:45 PM

    After looking at the 2013 schedule, the Raiders will be lucky to go 4-12 again. I’m taking the under.

  60. raiderapologist says: May 21, 2013 8:10 PM

    dasmol says: May 21, 2013 2:44 PM

    It’s simple really. Raider gear is trendy. Like CEO’s on Harley’s.
    From Texas to Toronto, people just want to belong to the trendy group, which explains the raider “nation.”
    ————–
    Trendy? Your head is as empty as your trophy case.

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