Shock. Betrayal. A gut punch.
That was the overwhelmingly raw response by San Diegans interviewed by NBC 7 following bombshell news that the Chargers are proposing a joint stadium with the Raiders in the Los Angeles area.
Residents didn’t mince words when they explained their reaction to their hometown NFL team making plans to head north.
Some likened it to being cheated on.
“I do feel like my wife has left me. I’ve been a season ticket holder since 1964. It’s hurting,” said Chargers fan Dean Bennett. “There are three things I actually don’t like: One, the Raiders. Second, the Dodgers. Third are ISIS. That’s where I rate those guys. It’s like selling your soul to the devil.”
Many fans said the news that Chargers could leave was especially sour, considering the team was partnering with its rivals on the field.
“Terrible,” said one fan. “They’re the enemy of the Chargers so I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
Some conceded, however, that the Chargers were running out of options with the city of San Diego and understood the team had to make a move.
“It seems shady they didn’t tell anybody about this deal going on, but at the same time, they were kind of backed against the wall,” said fan Ryan Davis.
It still hurts, fans said.
One fan said: “If this goes through, it’s going to be a sad day for San Diego.”