LaDainian Tomlinson will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, but two of his long-time teammates may not be there to support him.
Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates both played with Tomlinson for years. However, the Sporting News’ Alex Marvez reported Chargers coach Anthony Lynn was barring Rivers and Gates from attending the ceremony in Canton, Ohio, because he doesn’t want them to miss the team’s first practice of training camp.
Lynn said that wasn’t true, and that he talked with both players and Tomlinson about the issue.
“I’ve talked to Philip,” Lynn said, according to the San Diego Tribune’s Tom Krasovic. “I’ve talked to Antonio. I’ve even talked to LT. We’re all on the same page.”
But when asked if the players would be able to decide whether they would go to Tomlinson’s induction or not, Lynn said, “It will be our decision. We’ll make the best decision for our team.”
Rivers has said he won’t attend the ceremony. According to Krasovic, Gates is considering going anyway, even if it results in a fine from the team.
Tomlinson, TCU’s third Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, played for the then-San Diego Chargers for nine years. He won the MVP in 2006 when he scored 31 total touchdowns, a single-season NFL record.
Tomlinson played at TCU from 1997-2000. He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.