Antonio Gates will go to HOF ceremony, Philip Rivers will stay in L.A.

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There’s been some back and forth on the issue about whether the Chargers were barring a couple of their players from heading to Canton for this weekend’s Hall of Fame ceremonies or if they were just strongly suggesting they stay home, but the issue appears to be settled once and for all.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said at his Tuesday press conference, according to multiple reports, that tight end Antonio Gates will travel to Ohio to see former teammate LaDainian Tomlinson get inducted into the Hall. As reported on Monday, quarterback Philip Rivers will not be making the trip.

A report on Monday indicated that both players had been told that they could not go to the ceremony, something that Lynn denied later in the day by saying everyone involved would “make the best decision for our football team.”

The Chargers are holding a joint practice with the Rams at the StubHub Center open to season ticket holders at their temporary home in Los Angeles that’s set to start at 4:30 p.m., which makes it impossible for the players to attend both that workout and Tomlinson’s induction.

15 responses to “Antonio Gates will go to HOF ceremony, Philip Rivers will stay in L.A.

  1. Seems like a case of piss-poor planning. They could/should have seen the problem and scheduled camp practices differently. The HoF ceremony date has been known for quite a while and LT was known to be inducted since the Super Bowl. Two days max is all that was needed for the organization to properly recognize one of their greatest players and understand that current players who were teammates might like to attend the once-in-a-lifetime event and ultimate professional experience for a friend and former teammate.

  2. Spanos Chargers are so pathetic. They have a first ballot hall of famer going into Canton and they schedule a scrimmage day in their new high school stadium in their carpetbagger market. LT should be so proud

  3. I’m a little bit of a Chargers fan and I absolutely despise Spanos and every penny pinching decision he’s ever made. I think Karma is a real b*tch and there’s a good chance Phillip Rivers gets injured on that one day of practices, just because that’s how it works for Chargers fans.

  4. nflhof says:
    Aug 1, 2017 3:57 PM
    Spanos Chargers are so pathetic. They have a first ballot hall of famer going into Canton and they schedule a scrimmage day in their new high school stadium in their carpetbagger market. LT should be so proud

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    F’ing RIDICULOUS. LT is such a classy dude and he deserves better.

    Remember when the Steelers stopped camp for a couple of days and brought basically the entire team to Lebeau’s induction ceremony a couple of years ago?

    Pepperidge Farm remembers.

  5. Weird… Because Phil and LT are close like brothers. I could a sworn Phil would be on the first plane hoppin’. Plus an opportunity to hang out with Drew Brees. SMH on this one.

  6. Here’s what happened. Lynn said nobody’s going. Gates said I’m going. Lynn said we haven’t made any decisions yet. Now Lynn says Gates is going.

  7. I think coach is a scapegoat and Czar Spanos made the call. What a garbage franchise. San Diego deserves so much better. At least they aren’t your shame anymore.

  8. Remember the playoff game against the Pats when LT got smacked in mouth and decided to leave the game and pout in the sideline? How did this schmuck make it into the HoF?

  9. Maybe if the league had scheduled Chargers instead of the Cardinals, the team would be there. LT ain’t helping them win games this year.
    There are 2 players still on the team that played with LT and some staff members. Either send them and let your backups play in the scrimmage or postpone practice for 90+ players so that 2 can attend the HOF.

  10. Amazing, the blunders keep coming with the Carson organization. Love the team, but management keeps tripping on something like..”Fight for LA” using the Dodgers logo style and receiving a call from Dodger management to cease and desist. The slogan is trite. Try this: the Chargers sole sponsorship of Venice Gay Pride Days. Not one player would venture near the place. Or the Carson marathon where only one player showed up. Or the sponsorship of the high school North South game which was a dud. Can’t build a fan base overnight fellas.

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