AJ Smith confirmed in an interview yesterday with Darren Smith, that the Chargers where asked on multiple occasions to be featured on the HBO series Hard Knocks. Smith respectfully declined the invitation to both HBO executives as well as NFL Films President Steve Sabol. Smith said that he had no interest in team being part of the show because he felt that not only would it be a tremendous distraction to the players but that he felt the program was incredibly fake and that the whole program was a joke which was more of a movie than a documentary. AJ also mentioned that he felt the show was better suited for people/teams who had had aspirations to be in show business.
As great as it would be to get an inside peak into the Chargers training camp I could never see AJ agreeing to it and I think that might be a good thing. The last thing a team who is pushing for the Super Bowl needs is a giant distraction like this, we all saw what happened last year when this team got a little over confident in the off season and let in a few outside distractions.