As the Los Angeles Chargers are prepping for their home opener Sunday in the “fight for L.A.” at the StubHub Center in Carson, one San Diego fan is letting the team owners and the NFL know what he thinks of the move.
Joseph MacRae, a self-proclaimed die-hard Chargers fan, has rented an electronic billboard close to the Chargers temporary home blasting the NFL and the team owners, the Spanos family — particularly Dean Spanos.
“Roger Goodell keeps talking about how ‘painful’ relocation is for the NFL. The NFL doesn’t care about us at all,” he wrote in a message on the crowd-funding site, GoFundMe.
When the Chargers announced they were moving to L.A. in January, many San Diego fans have voiced their displeasure but none have been more vocal than MacRae, who also goes by the moniker S.D. Sign Guy. MacRae has been such a thorn in Spanos’ side that the Chargers chairman blocked him on Twitter.
During an L.A. kick-off event on Jan. 18 at the Forum in Inglewood, MacRae shouted down Spanos and flustered the team’s owner.
“I did what I did for every SD fan that wanted to say something to Dean,” MacRae tweeted after the event. “No disrespect to the players.”
To pay for the billboard, which will run through the Chargers next three home games, MacRae started a GoFundMe campaign in May and has raised more than $10,800 in four months — exceeding his goal of $10,000.
The electronic billboard is located on the southbound 405 Freeway at the Main Street exit, about two miles away from StubHub Center. The billboard will have five different messages, all directed at the NFL, its commissioner Roger Goodell and the Spanos family. During the past two years, three NFL teams have left their longtime homes for new cities.
One of the billboard reads, “No Freaking Loyalty.”
“This isn’t just for San Diego fans. This is for Oakland fans and St. Louis fans as well,” MacRae wrote. “Your cities didn’t deserve this and most importantly, you didn’t deserve this.”
MacRae’s billboard has attracted national, as well as international attention. Major publications from the UK, Italy and Germany have reported on it.
On Wednesday, MacRae announced that he will also have a banner plane flyover StubHub Center from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday with a message to Dean Spanos.
— Scott and BR (@ScottandBR) September 13, 2017
The Chargers will host the Miami Dolphins this Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
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