Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos Tuesday angrily shot down a report that the team might consider leaving the Southland for London.
In an expletive-laced response to a report published by The Athletic, Spanos told a group of reporters the team has no plans to leave the Los Angeles area.
“It’s total (expletive) (expletive). We’re not going anywhere,” Spanos said. “We’re playing in Los Angeles. This is our home. This is where we are planning to be for a long (expletive) time. Period.”
The story in The Athletic suggested that the NFL has been considering the possibility of locating a team in London, and that the Chargers – while committed to the Los Angeles area – would be willing to at least consider the idea.
Spanos’ comments – uncensored here – however, appeared to shoot down the notion, as did a Twitter post.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) November 5, 2019
On its official Twitter page, the team posted a short, profanity-laced clip from the 2013 film “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
In the clip, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character defiantly tells his employees he’s “not (expletive) leaving. The show goes on. This is my home. They’re going to need a (expletive) wrecking ball to take me out of here. They’re gonna need to send in the National Guard and a (expletive) SWAT team, ’cause I ain’t going nowhere.”
The Chargers left San Diego prior to the 2017 season and have been playing at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson. Observers have noted however, that the visiting team’s fans often outnumber Chargers fans there.
The team will move next season to SoFi Stadium, which it will share with the Los Angeles Rams, in Inglewood.
– City News Service