Reporter On Spanos Rant: "I Guess I Believe Him"

Chargers owner Dean Spanos delivered an expletive-laden rant Tuesday, denying that the team will relocate to London

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 06, 2019 - 8:59 am
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Chargers owner Dean Spanos vehemently denied a report that the team might relocate to London, delivering an expletive-laden rant to reporters Tuesday.

So, should fans believe him? 

“For the owner to come out and throw a bunch of F-bombs, it makes me wonder what’s going on,” Orange County Register Chargers reporter Gilbert Manzano said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “It’s hard to say when they’re making that type of statement. As you know, things always change in the NFL. He told the people in San Diego that they’re not going to leave, and they ended up going to Los Angeles. So there’s that. Things always change. I’ve heard people say that Dean Spanos never really liked that. He felt the need to say the F-bomb and call BS on the story. I guess for now I believe him.”

The Chargers, despite going 12-4 and making the playoffs last season, have struggled to gain traction in L.A. 

“It’s very hard to compete in Los Angeles,” Manzano said. “There’s like 12 teams out in Los Angeles. You’re going to struggle. Even the Rams struggled – and they went to the Super Bowl. It’s fair to say that trying to gain some traction for the Chargers’ fan base has not gone too well.”

The Chargers have struggled to fill their stadium in Carson – at least with their own fans.

“It looks pretty bad when Philip Rivers has to go to a silent count with his own crowd,” Manzano said. “Their players are coming out, fired up, battling with the fans in a home game. Everything is kind of weird. But you don’t know if it’s going to get better or not. It’s a small stadium. Maybe the people in L.A. want to make a quick profit. These tickets are going for $200, $400, so you can’t blame them for selling these tickets on the secondary market. It’s going to be interesting when they go to the big stadium when there’s 70,000 people – is it going to be empty? Is it going to be mostly opposing fans? We don’t know. There’s just so much going on, and it’s hard to see how the future goes for the Chargers.”

The Chargers (4-5) play the Raiders (4-4) in Oakland this Thursday. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.