COSTA MESA, Calif. -- It began as a reported disagreement between Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn and veteran players Antonio Gates and Philip Rivers over traveling to Canton, Ohio, to witness former teammate LaDainian Tomlinson's Hall of Fame induction speech.
After talking with Lynn, Gates chose to attend last week, while Rivers stayed with the rest of his teammates, participating in a joint practice with the Los Angeles Rams at the StubHub Center.
After the scrimmage, Rivers was given the day off away from practice and the team’s training camp facility to spend time with family in San Diego. Some wondered why Rivers couldn’t have been given last Saturday’s joint scrimmage off instead so he could have attended Tomlinson’s induction speech.
Those incidents stoked the flames locally and nationally that friction potentially exists between Rivers and Lynn.
However, during a conversation with Nick Hardwick and Judson Richards of Xtra 1360 Fox Sports Radio, Rivers put the speculation to rest.
Asked directly by Hardwick, his former teammate, Rivers said his relationship with Lynn is in good shape.
“It’s great,” Rivers said. “It’s been awesome since Day 1. We sat and visited for a long time, way back before we even got close to talking about taking the practice field.
“And then, shoot, we visit daily, whether it’s on the practice field talking about our guys, talking about this or talking about schedules or talking about that. So it’s been great. I do think that that’s -- what’s the term that’s gotten popular? -- fake news.”
Lynn echoed those comments when asked about his relationship with Rivers after practice on Friday.
“My relationship with Philip is excellent,” Lynn said. “I think someone took some second-hand information and turned it into a story when it never should have been a story. But my relationship with Philip and Antonio is great.”
Lynn said Rivers’ decision to remain with the team and play in the joint scrimmage against the Rams instead of traveling to Tomlinson’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony was the veteran quarterback’s choice.
“Absolutely,” Lynn said. “He wanted to be here with his teammates to go through the whole deal we did at StubHub, and I supported that.”