In a recent blog entry on his personal website, LaDainian Tomlinson wrote that he had no intentions of leaving San Diego and that he had no control over whether or not he would remain a Charger.
On Wednesday, Chargers’ GM A.J. Smith essentially mocked LT’s website entry when broached about the subject.
Tomlinson’s statement was actually not anything different than what he had said in previous weeks on the topic of his time in San Diego possibly coming to an end.
The statement read:
“I have been getting a lot of messages on my site regarding me leaving San Diego. I feel that I need to make it very clear that I have NO intentions of leaving San Diego. San Diego is where my career started and where I’d like it to end. I have nothing but love and the upmost (sic) respect for this team, the players, and the Spanos Family. Me being traded is completely out of my hands. I have ABSOLUTELY no control in that decision making. All I can do is wait and see how it all plays out. As for now, I am a Charger and will be until I am told otherwise.”
Smith, who has acknowledged he is contemplating whether to release or trade Tomlinson or renegotiate his contract, was later asked about Tomlinson’s statement.
“My first reaction was we both have similar feelings,” Smith said. “I have no intentions of leaving San Diego. San Diego is where my GM career started and where I’d like it to end. I also have nothing but love and the utmost respect for this team, the players and the Spanos family. I have absolutely no control over how long I will be with the Chargers.
“As for now, I am the Chargers’ GM, and I have major decisions to ponder for the organization now and in the future. My recommendation to Dean Spanos will be what’s in the best interest of the team – both short and long term. That’s my job. That’s what Dean hired me to do.”
Was this a bad joke that just didn’t land or is Smith tired of being asked about the LT situation so he decided to have some fun with reporters? Because this clearly looks like he is trying to mock the player that has been the backbone of the San Diego Charger franchise for almost a decade.