Report: Chargers tell Rivers, Gates not to go to Tomlinson ceremony

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Two of LaDainian Tomlinson’s former teammates are reportedly being told they’re not allowed to get out of practice to see Tomlinson enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Alex Marvez of Sporting News reports that new Chargers coach Anthony Lynn told quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates they need to attend the Chargers’ open training camp practice at their new home field, the StubHub Center, rather than travel to Canton.

According to the report, Gates is considering going to Canton anyway, against his coach’s orders.

Tomlinson, Rivers and Gates were one of the NFL’s best trios from 2006 to 2009, and Rivers and Gates would like to share one more big night with their retired teammate. Lynn is like many football coaches in thinking a training camp practice is more important than a ceremony, although if his stance is alienating two respected veteran players, he may be wise to consider making an exception.

104 responses to “Report: Chargers tell Rivers, Gates not to go to Tomlinson ceremony

  1. Like those two veterans will really lose out by missing on one training camp day. Give me a break. Just another extremely short sighted NFL coach.

  2. To be honest, does anyone really think missing two days for these two vets will hurt anything?

    The damage is done, the move sucks and the coach will likely be gone before the players.

    Stupid choice coach.

  3. Gates doesn’t care because he’s almost done anyway. But if he goes to Canton, he may as well not come back. Hunter Henry is ready to take full control of that TE position.

  4. What a joke. I hope both Rivers and Gates go anyway. Celebrate your teammate, screw the inevitably soon-to-be ex-coach. After all their years with the franchise, there is no way the both of them can’t afford to skip a single practice for a once in a lifetime moment for their friend and teammate. Get bent Lynn.

  5. The coach should stay strong, the team comes first, players don’t like, then find a new team. These young look at me players need to get there act together and grow up. bill

  6. they should go anyway…what are they gonna do, release em or sit em down week 1? highly unlikely

  7. Rivers will throw crucial INTs regardless if he goes. Gates will be injured regardless if he goes. Sounds like a wash. However, new coach..first practice and your most established vets are gone.
    That’s not a good look either.

  8. No this will not hurt the preparation of the two veterans.

    What it will do is hurt the preparation of the rookies and young players around them that have to be on the field with them and have only limited time to build team chemistry and get used to what Rivers and Gates need from the players around them.

  9. This is going to blow up in the rookie coach’s face. Either they defy him and go anyway or the whole team resents him.

  10. Yeah the chargers have won so many championships how dare their coach think they need more practice…

  11. bsizemore68 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 11:57 AM

    The coach should stay strong, the team comes first, players don’t like, then find a new team. These young look at me players need to get there act together and grow up. bill
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    Where to start…There isn’t a chance in hell that Rivers is going to any new team. Gates will be in the Hall himself one day and would gladly go ring chasing right now if the Chargers wanted to let him go. And “young look at me players”? You’re talking about guys that have been playing for the same team for 13+ years. They aren’t young by any stretch.

  12. Seems a bit petty. Why flirt with bad press when your trying to win hearts-and-minds in a new city. I gotta think that in a few years one team will be the favorite in LA and the other will be second fiddle like the Jets in NYC, and that will result in millions of dollars in lowers value for ownership.

  13. If that decision is coming from above Lynn’s head, he should make that clear. Otherwise he looks like the classless idiot who doesn’t understand human beings.

  14. This was similar to my 2012 Red Sox. Clown Moron manager Bobby Valentine didn’t want guys going to Pesky’s wake/funeral. Big Papi, Pedroia, and a few others went anyways: then he tried backdooring the front office saying it was a shame others didn’t go because he didn’t make the decision, lucchino did.

    GO and give a big middle finger to the spanos family!

  15. I will NEVER forget the sight of rivers battling his heart out with a broken bone in his leg while tomlinson quit and hid under his tarp in freezing new england

  16. If I were either of those cats, I’d drop a deuce on coach’s desk right before flying out of town for the ceremony. Just when you thought this organization had no class after abandoning their fans for a soccer field in LA, they stoop lower and pull this nonsense. SMH

  17. I bet if someone close to Lynn was being inducted, someone sure to mention the coach in praise, he would go.

  18. This is an interesting way to start as a new head coach.

    Find the two most veteran players and refuse them something pretty simple.

    Power play? I dunno. I feel like this may be coming from even higher up. Same team that went crazy when safety Eric Weddle watched a half time show involving his daughter. Suspension, threats, left him home for a game on injured reserve (a reversal of prior team policies)

    Between that, this, and taking a hard line with Joey Bosa, the team is consistent–we’ll treat the old and new players equally badly.

    Lynn only was an OC for a few months before become a head coach for 1 game with the Bills. I hope this isn’t too big for him already.
    I’m still dumbfounded given his lack of experience as an OC and head coach why he was such a hot prospect.

  19. Point case example of why and how organizations are good/bad. Classless act. Let the men go see their boy get enshrined. Its a once in a lifetime type event. Should be a no brainer. Your second team QB and TE can take first time reps for 1/2 days. That can only benefit you anyways.

  20. How weird. Yeah- because gates and Rivers are such lazy players they couldn’t make up for a single day off.

    Rivers, gates, and Thomlinson deserve to be together on a day like that. maybe it’s because LT was part of the San Diego instead of L.A.?

    Hard to believe this can’t play out to be a negative in the locker room.

    Pat’s fan- but L.Thomlinson was great.

  21. Agree with everyone else, if its a rookie, you could understand it, but these are 2 of the best and most experienced players at their position in the game. Guys who will likely be getting veteran rest days later this preseason anyway. Let them go

  22. Man…am I glad the Bills chose Sean McDermott over Anthony Lynn as head coach. McDermott (and owners Terry &Kim Pegula) would never not allow a veteran player to attend such an important event for a former teammate.

    If I was Lynn, I’d let Rivers and Gates attend simply for the fact that after those two are enshrined, it going to be a long, long time before any more Chargers receive the gold jacket.

  23. Why not schedule the ceremony before training camps open so players can attend. The hall of fame game is a joke anyway…that can be dropped.

  24. I’m kinda surprised by all the comments… I’m not sure if it’s because most people on here hate the chargers for leaving san diego, or if they actually support these guys missing practice. These are grown men that get a lot of money to play a sport. Expecting them to be at training camp practice is not that surprising for a coach that probably regularly works long hours year round. It’s a dumb induction ceremony who cares?

  25. “Alex Marvez of Sporting News reports that new Chargers coach Anthony Lynn told quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates they need to attend the Chargers’ open training camp practice at their new home field, the StubHub Center, rather than travel to Canton.”

    Hmmm… “open training camp pracky” This screams of “The owner wants his biggest stars at the open practice” more than an indictment on the coach, tbh. The coach could be doing this on his own, but new city, open practice… I think they want them there to market the team even more than get the reps in with the younger guys.

    Either way, bad look.

  26. I hear that Brett Favre’s Hall speech is still going…….. and going….. lol

  27. The Truth says:
    Jul 31, 2017 12:26 PM
    I will NEVER forget the sight of rivers battling his heart out with a broken bone in his leg while tomlinson quit and hid under his tarp in freezing new england.

    Yup, another addition to the hall of pretty good.

  28. bondlake says:
    Jul 31, 2017 11:57 AM
    GO ANYWAY, GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Doesn’t matter why the Coach made his decision….the point is he made it and his players should follow it. Can you imagine what would happen if two players disregarded BB’s directive?

  29. realdealsteel says:
    Jul 31, 2017 11:55 AM
    Gates doesn’t care because he’s almost done anyway. But if he goes to Canton, he may as well not come back. Hunter Henry is ready to take full control of that TE position.
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    Yes, I am sure gates would be all broken up if the Chargers released him and he was forced to play for a better team that doesn’t hold its home games in a tiny soccer stadium

  30. Stupid move Chargers…..if Spanos had any class he would be flying them out on his jet. What a clown show.

  31. It’s funny how biased people are. LT is one of the greatest RBs of all time. Just because you personally have an issue with him doesn’t mean he doesn’t belong in the HOF. And this is coming from a Raiders fan who absolutely hates the Chargers.

  32. Soooo… training camps started this week, and the HOF decided this was the time to do an enshrinement?

    What was wrong with last week?

  33. Not sure which is more laughable, Dungy or Tomlinson being in the Hall
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    Dungy, no question.

    What was his contribution to the NFL? Borrowing the defensive principles of the Steel Curtain and passing it off as his own?

    .. and how on earth did he get in ahead of Jimmy Johnson, who built a 3x Super Bowl winner, literally, from the ground up.

  34. In Pittsburgh they bussed the entire team to Canton for Dick Lebau’s enshrinement.

    Several Steelers took the day off for Jerome Bettis’s induction. Ben was there. He took a day off practice.

    We get somebody enshrined like every other year. Alan Faneca should be on the ticket next year. Kevin Greene was on it last year. Dermontti Dawson and Jack Butler the year before. Rod Woodson two years before that.

    Troy Polamalu soon to come.

    It’s only a short bus ride away but they still allow select guys to take the day off of practice to honor their former teammates.

    In San Diego, somebody gets elected like once every, what, decade? Give the couple of players who played with the guy a day off for chrissakes.

  35. 4,3,2,1,…..,.Wait for it……Wait for it……”The Los Angelos Chargers are proud to announce we will be providing a charted flight to fly Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates to Canton Ohio to see the HOF induction of Chargers legend LaDainian Tomlinson. Congratulations LaDainian!”

  36. From the comments, people seem to have ignored the word “reportedly” and are crucifying Lynn.
    I doubt this story is true.
    Its 1 practice for players who don’t need it anyway.
    Another story with no source.

  37. Maybe fly the whole team out on Saturday and use it as a team bonding experience to view the HoF and learn about the history of the game and as a complement to the franchise’s greatest player.

  38. Okay students…

    This is what the anatomy of a bottom dwelling organization looks like. The “Los Angeles Catfish.”

    Keepin’ it classy Spanos.

  39. I don’t think this is the right approach. It is not every day that a person gets into the Hall of Fame. You have two of Tomlinson’s former teammates still playing in the NFL and if Tomlinson is going in as a Chargers, then the Chargers organization should do everything to support him and be there on his most special of days.

    Rivers and Gates should be allowed to go and if the coach doesn’t change his mind they should go anyway. What is he going to do, cut them both?

  40. Can understand a “rookie” HC trying to set the tone for the team but this is a mistake. The attendance of two vets in support of their teammate’s HOF induction is actually a positive team building experience. Rookies and young players alike look to Rivers/Gates for their leadership (character) and this is a great op to build team harmony and set positive goals for the season.

    LT a “CHARGER” HOF’er…build off of it!!!

  41. Can understand a “rookie” HC trying to set the tone for the team but this is a mistake. The attendance of two vets in support of their teammate’s HOF induction is actually a positive team building experience. Rookies and young players alike look to Rivers/Gates for their leadership (character) and this is a great op to build team harmony and set positive goals for the season.

    LT …. a “CHARGER” HOF’er… build off of it!!!

  42. this is the same outfit that told me how bosa would be terribly hurt by not falling for their b.s. last august. and he was great.

    they fined long term star eric weddle 10K for watching his daughter on the chargers field during halftime of the last home game in san diego that season.

    class, pure class. san diego should be glad they don’t carry their name any longer.

  43. Their having a hard enough time as the move is unraveling. Isn’t Tomlinson a member of the Charger organization now? I thought Spanos hired Tomlinson as a PR face of the Chargers? Lynn must be kidding! Lynn needs all the team spirit he can get. Rivers and Gates should go. Lynns position is like dismantling the team before the season. Another amazing blunder by the inept Carson management.

  44. Charger’s should cut River’s and or Gate’s if they don’t show up. Make example’s of them.

  45. eazeback says:
    Jul 31, 2017 11:58 AM
    they should go anyway…what are they gonna do, release em or sit em down week 1? highly unlikely

    132 4

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    actually they did sit antonio gates for the first game against dallas back about 10 years ago (they lost a close one), even though not mandated to do so by the league. this was punishment for not obeying an ultimatum laid down by a.j. smith…….and the chargers playoffs were harmed, so this team is prone to self inflicted stupidity

  46. According to Adam Schefter, no decision has been made. They may let one go.

    It’s the only practice at Stub Hub. It’s for season-ticket holders and wait-list members only.

  47. Dolts gonna Dolt…will never be great until Spanos sells.

    “It’s the only practice at Stub Hub. It’s for season-ticket holders and wait-list members only.” What idiot scheduled it on HOF day? Not like they didn’t know LT was getting inducted. Doh!

  48. What are they gonna do cut them?
    Fine them?

    If there are two players on that team that are “untouchable” it is Antonio Gates and Phillip Rivers.

  49. Hmmm, I do what my employer says or I get fired. Guess that model doesn’t work for NFL

  50. Forget L.T. they should go to watch NFL MVP, Superbowl MVP and Two time Superbowl champion Terrell Davis!

    Go see what a real winner looks like!

  51. Hey, you never tell the captain of the ship how to steer. These insubordinate its all about me players can be canned.

    With that said, I think the captain made the wrong choice and should have said sure go ahead one practice dont make a season.

  52. Spanos could move the team to Canton and the problem is solved. Plus they would have a bigger stadium than they do now…..

  53. eramming says:
    Jul 31, 2017 4:12 PM
    Hmmm, I do what my employer says or I get fired. Guess that model doesn’t work for NFL
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    If you’re easily fired, that means you’re easily replaceable. Maybe if you were better at your job, you could have a little more flexibility. You know, like an NFL football player.

  54. Typical short sighted move by a completely inept organization. Dean Spanos is easily the worst owner in the NFL.

  55. This is Tomlinson we’re talking about here. Nearly all of his former teammates should be in attendance.

  56. Charger’s should cut River’s and or Gate’s if they don’t show up. Make example’s of them.

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    Of course they could, and then they could move their home games from a soccer stadium to a local high school stadium!

  57. Fwiw, The Saints have given permission to Drew Brees to attend the ceremony. This happened before this report came out. Shows the difference between 2 orginizations.

  58. Lynn is a B.B. wannabee who ain’t ever going to be one.

    So if the players don’t go the other team members lose respect for them , so much for team leaders ! If they do go then the player lose respect for the coach. Yep sounds like the (fill in the blank) Chargers

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