After arriving at SoFi Stadium on Thursday for the team’s first intra-squad scrimmage of training camp, the players and coaches have decided they will not go through with their scheduled practice.
“We can’t give up hope. That was the sense a little bit,” Lynn said in front of NFL Network’s cameras with his team backing him.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn just announced that after an hour long meeting in the aftermath of the shootings in Kenosha, Wi., in the locker room at SoFi Stadium they opted not to scrimmage. “We can’t give up hope. That was the sense a little bit.” @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/dJTBs1mMP0— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) August 27, 2020
The decision comes following Wednesday’s rash of boycotts by the NBA’s playoff teams in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man from Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Tyrod Taylor and Damion Square just spoke on NFL Network to raise awareness on racism and police brutality. Players have been taking turns since Anthony Lynn announced there won’t be a scrimmage #Chargers— Gilbert Manzano (@GManzano24) August 27, 2020
A number of teams from MLB also made their own statements over the last 24 hours, refusing to play a number of games Wednesday, while a number of other clubs are still deciding on whether or not play Thursday night.
No other updates have been made available at this time and it remains to be seen if the Chargers will reschedule the scrimmage for a later date.