Include Sports Illustrated senior NBA writer and San Diego native Lee Jenkins into the unhappy Chargers fan base still agitated about team president and CEO Dean Spanos’ decision to move the franchise to Los Angeles.
Jenkins joined The Jim Rome Show on Wednesday and shared his reaction every time he hears the words ‘Los Angeles Chargers.’
“I need to run to the toilet and throw up,” Jenkins said. “The grieving process kind of unfolds and you start to get through it, you start to go through the stages of grief and then you hear, you see a news story like LaDainian Tomlinson is becoming an ambassador for the Los Angeles Chargers and the whole thing just sort of starts all over again.”
Jenkins says neither San Diego nor Los Angeles wins by the move.
“It’s disastrous for San Diego and is completely uninspiring of L.A. too. So it’s just one of those worst case scenario for everybody.
Everybody loses, but that’s what the NFL has allowed,” Jenkins said.
Spanos’ main goal was for his franchise’s value to increase, something that comes with being in the country’s second biggest market, Jenkins said.
“I mean the blame here solely rests here with a shoddy owner,” Jenkins said. “Who I think could have had a stadium deal in San Diego. [Spanos] kept moving the goal posts. Some of the blame rests with the city government also, which was struggling in the mid-2000s, but the dust settles and look, franchise valuations are what they are, and when you move to Los Angeles, the valuation is higher and the NFL has set up this dynamic where the cities can be forsaken in favor of a higher franchise valuation, but for the Chargers to kind of spin it in any other direction is pretty dishonest.”
When asked if the lifelong Chargers fan will still continue to cheer the team, Jenkins said, “No. No, I’ll never watch another down.
“I told my son he can pick any team as long it’s not the Chargers,” Jenkins added. “Yeah, so there are teams that are where I think it’s about the organization, like the Raider fans would root for the Raiders whenever they are. But for a team like the Chargers, sort of a non-descript franchise like that, to me, the city was more of the driver of their identity than the name of the organization. So to me, once you remove the city and this goes back to how we all view our sports team, like for me, and I think for a lot of people, your favorite team is a manifestation of your childhood, where you grew up, your friends, all of those sorts of things, but once that’s removed, to me, the whole thing is removed. Whoever is on the soil is the team I would pull for in that case, and if they’re not on the soil they’re the enemy.”