Melvin Gordon on playing with no fans: “We didn’t have fans anyway”

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If COVID-19 forces NFL teams to play in empty stadiums, Melvin Gordon says it won’t feel much different for him.

Gordon, who played his entire career for the Chargers before signing with the Broncos this offseason, noted that the Chargers played in front of plenty of empty seats.

“We didn’t have fans anyway,” Gordon said in an interview with Marcus Cromartie. “We didn’t have many Chargers fans at the game. . . . So I’m not missing much.”

The Broncos, of course, have a strong fan base, and if the NFL were to play in empty stadiums, Gordon’s current team would be losing a lot. But as Gordon notes, for teams without good home-field advantages, empty stadiums might not make much of a difference. And on the road, it would be beneficial.

54 responses to “Melvin Gordon on playing with no fans: “We didn’t have fans anyway”

  1. if he still played in SD, he wouldnt say that. Washington has an empty stadium each week (sans opposing team fans) and no current player dare say it publicly because, Dan Snyder, will probably never speak to you again.

  2. Haha. The Chargers ownership is incompetent and I’m a long suffering fan. There are too many ex-Chargers to count who are amazed at what another organization looks like (Rodney Harrison, Antonio Cromartie, Vincent Jackson). Great to hear Gordon speak up.

  3. This is actually pretty funny because it’s true. Every home game for the chargers is, in all reality, an away game.

  4. First thing I thought of with no fans present. At least the Chargers wont have 16 road games.

  5. That’s one of the funnier quotes I’ve read on this site in a while.
    I like the brutal honesty!

  6. Gordon is an idiot who lost millions due to his stupid holdout.
    I fully expect him to suck, epically, in Denver.
    In fact I will be rooting for him to suck.

  7. Now that’s funny. Very true, but still really funny to hear a player state it.

  8. Anybody who has played for the Jaguars or Chargers is in for a nice awakening when they play for a franchise where the locals actually care about the team.

  9. The NFL amazes me. It’s run by billionaires and earns millions of dollars for them yet they still mess up so many things. The Chargers are an example.

  10. This is hilarious. But there’s big difference between having no fans and no crowd noise at all.

  11. NinersFan1973 says:
    May 29, 2020 at 9:01 am
    Anybody who has played for the Jaguars or Chargers is in for a nice awakening when they play for a franchise where the locals actually care about the team.
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    Local Jaguar fans actually did support the team. Throughout the 90s and into the early 2000s. However 10+ years of terrible teams will have an effect on a smaller market for sure. Then ownership does things like moving games to London and upping ticket prices after one fluke season and that doesn’t help things.
    And I believe the Chargers had plenty of fans in the stands until they moved to LA, a city that didn’t want them.

  12. melvin…. don’t be such a MELVIN!!!
    Didn’t you fool yourself into believing you deserved ELITE money for just being an average RB??!!!
    THAT ALONE shows me you aren’t very aware of whats going on around you…..

  13. I’m still trying to understand why L.A. keeps getting teams. I don’t care about market size because other then the Raiders nobody cares about the Rams and Chargers. The Rams should be back in St. Louis and I can think of other cities who would appreciate an NFL team. San Antonio (Jerry Jones would block that move unfortunately) would be a great place. Heck maybe even Utah or OKC.They wouldn’t go to canada because the NFL would completely crush the CFL.

  14. nyneal says:
    May 29, 2020 at 9:29 am
    The NFL amazes me. It’s run by billionaires and earns millions of dollars for them yet they still mess up so many things. The Chargers are an example.

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    Yeah but a lot of these billionaire owners didn’t do anything to make or earn that money. They were born into it and have never had to earn anything in their entire lives. The Spanos family being a prime example.

  15. It’s a running joke, but coming from a player, it’s an insult to all the actual fans who bought tickets and came out every week to cheer them on.

    Get annoyed at the people who didn’t show up, fine, but don’t dismiss the time and money spent by the people who did show up.

  16. “The Chargers moving to LA was one of the dumbest decisions in NFL history.”
    _____________

    This cannot be said often enough and it’s a huge indictment against Goodell’s “leadership” that it was actually allowed. If they’d gotten their own stadium built in the LA area, then fine. But once that fell through it was a disaster waiting to happen. A huge part of the value of an NFL team is the stadium so letting a team move someplace where they won’t have one of their own is absolutely stupid from a business perspective. The only real explanation would be if there was an understanding in place that Spanos would sell in the near-term and the team would the relocate but it sure doesn’t seem to date that they had that worked out ahead of time.

  17. Actual LA resident. LA loves football and sports. But Lakers and Dodgers rule. Rams have good support, seats are filled. The whole why do we keep getting teams is ridiculous, um Rams were in LA for 49 years and the Raiders never should have come in 1981 in the first place. STL lost two teams as well ina 25 year span, so the narrative that LA cant support teams is false, typical Midwest/east coast anti-CA bias/hate. LA NFL fans are broken into four equal groups: 1. Rams 2. Raiders 3. Cowboys 4. Transplant teams (east coast/midwest). The Chargers had 21 years to get LA to like them and we never did, why did they think they could come in here and be apart of the sports landscape? Now the problem is, what to do? They cant build their own stadium. SD cant afford to build them one. Better to stay in LA with that awesome lease than go to that dump of a city STL, that would require $2billion stadium with no guarantee of a high return. Family is not selling, they are filthy rich and have no reason too, so that is not a topic of discussion. Bay Area could support two teams, move in with the Niners or figure out what the Raiders couldn’t and build in the East Bay. There Portland that is salivating for another sports team. Heck Seattle could take another team, they filled up for XFL games. But the Chargers in LA will never work, first too many LA Raider fans who loathingly hate them. Secondly, they have no spot int he sports landscape. LA did greta with the NFL until we got two teams and that hurt the rams and eventually the Raiders, on top of that we had stadiums built in the 20s or were baseball stadiums converted. best part now we got our rams back, no tax payer money is being spent. STL issue is with the NFL and the 1993 expansions, they should be mad at the Jags and Panthers. Or even the Robert Kraft, Pats had one foot in STL. Or does STL deserve a team, considering they steal them or try too. Kinda messed up. Don’t forget 1993-1995 when they and Baltimore went team hunting.

  18. mogogo1 says:
    May 29, 2020 at 11:07 am

    “The Chargers moving to LA was one of the dumbest decisions in NFL history.”
    _____________

    This cannot be said often enough and it’s a huge indictment against Goodell’s “leadership” that it was actually allowed. If they’d gotten their own stadium built in the LA area, then fine. But once that fell through it was a disaster waiting to happen. A huge part of the value of an NFL team is the stadium so letting a team move someplace where they won’t have one of their own is absolutely stupid from a business perspective. The only real explanation would be if there was an understanding in place that Spanos would sell in the near-term and the team would the relocate but it sure doesn’t seem to date that they had that worked out ahead of time.
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    FYI: Rodger Goodell isn’t a leader. He’s the PR rep for the 32 team owners. His “leadership” consists of overseeing what the team owners vote on. That’s it. He doesn’t decide or get a vote on anything.

  19. The Chargers don’t have fans, but they HAD fans. Turned their back on them because they didn’t know how to negotiate with a city who loved them.

  20. This has to bum out Gordon. Right after signing with Denver, he talked about being excited to play in front of all the dedicated Broncos fans in their always sold out stadium 8 weeks a season.

  21. savethebs says:
    May 29, 2020 at 10:40 am
    nyneal says:
    May 29, 2020 at 9:29 am
    The NFL amazes me. It’s run by billionaires and earns millions of dollars for them yet they still mess up so many things. The Chargers are an example.

    ————

    Yeah but a lot of these billionaire owners didn’t do anything to make or earn that money. They were born into it and have never had to earn anything in their entire lives. The Spanos family being a prime example.

    ——-

    You mean like doing something really important to earn their money…..like catching a football?

  22. collectordude says:
    May 29, 2020 at 9:46 am
    Gordon for commissioner.
    ==============
    Ha, “Commissioner Gordon”. Nice

  23. LA. No team for 20 years. Then two teams in the same year. What a fiasco. They split the fan base before even establishing a following. FAIL!

  24. Honestly, even I have to feel bad for the San Diego fans. Getting robbed like that and watching their old team literally fade into obscurity. All that’s left is for Phillip Rivers to publicly say the Spanos family is cheap at this point

  25. False. I am a Chargers fan. Living and breathing. A San Diegan that didn’t turn my back on the team. There are more like me. At least 6 I’ve met online. lol. So shove it Gordon it’s not our fault the team left us.

  26. And by saying that you will guarantee you still won’t have any fans, no matter what city you play in. #LOSER.

  27. This is why the Raiders always get the international games. If they didn’t the Chargers would be considered a 9th home game

  28. Went to the chargers packers game last year in LA. No joke That place was 90% packers fans. So much green. It made it that much better when the chargers stomped them out.

  29. So why should fans living in San Diego travel over 100 miles to see a team that is even crappier without Philip Rivers? (BTW, I don’t like Rivers, who seems like a jerk to me…the Jay Cutler of the AFC…glad Cutler is gone, and the jerk who brought him to Miami when Tannehill went down, Adam Gase, who couldn’t QB whisper to save his life! Good luck, Jets!)

  30. Nice burn which will draw a few laughs but this guy is really coming off like a jilted lover. Guy is really upset he wasn’t treated like a Top 3 RB which he’s absolutely not. Dude, just show up and ball.

  31. Jake1057 says:
    May 29, 2020 at 10:11 am
    I’m still trying to understand why L.A. keeps getting teams. I don’t care about market size because other then the Raiders nobody cares about the Rams and Chargers. The Rams should be back in St. Louis and I can think of other cities who would appreciate an NFL team. San Antonio (Jerry Jones would block that move unfortunately) would be a great place. Heck maybe even Utah or OKC.They wouldn’t go to canada because the NFL would completely crush the CFL.
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    Raiders never ranked higher than 29th in league attendance since 2007, and finished LAST six times.

  32. Good riddance loser. Funny when people who don’t live in San Diego comment on the fanbase here. The Chargers HAD fans but the ownership failed the fans, the city and the team in general. It wasn’t until the Chargers decided to move that fans stopped coming to games, why should they? Don’t blame San Diego because of cheap ownership and lousy play from players such as yourself. Your play and decisions afforded you a backup role in San Diego, enjoy a similar backup role in Denver

  33. This is sad because the Chargers had decades to solve their stadium issue and ultimately abandoned San Diego for the indifferent concrete pastures of LA. Let’s all remember that they had to pay $650+ million for moving the franchise, and will be paying rent to The Grinch Kroenke.

    The NFL can’t possibly think this was actually a positive move for the league – other than getting to share out that huge fee among the other owners.

    The Spanos’ could’ve borrowed $500 million from the NFL and put it toward a new stadium and stayed in San Diego. But they’ve seldom/rarely/never had a good relationship with fans. This move to LA feels like it was done out of spite. They tried (literally, for decades) to strong-arm the city into financing a new stadium, and fortunately the city and residents are smarter than that.

    The Spanos’ should sell the team to some super-rich person who will find a good home for the franchise. Maybe even back in San Diego.

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