Los Angeles Chargers on the field
Los Angeles Chargers. Photo courtesy of the team

The Los Angeles Chargers stood and locked arms during the singing of the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles at StubHub Center, following the play that had been called by many NFL teams.

Across the field, so did the Eagles.

Coach Anthony Lynn said the pregame plan was to “show unity and that we’re a team.” He made that plan public Friday, in his final meeting with reporters before the game.

There was no booing or other discord amongst the near-capacity crowd in the 27,000-seat Stub Hub Center, the soccer arena that is the Chargers’ temporary home field.

Before last Sunday’s game, the players “wanted to do something just to show we were against divisive remarks by anybody and to stand together as one unit,” Lynn said. “We decided to continue with it.”

Last Sunday, most of the Charger players and coaches stood and linked arms during the anthem before that game, although a few kneeled and some stayed on the bench.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.