Watch: Rams, Chargers Fight During Joint Training Camp Practice
Los Angeles’ two NFL teams haven’t even begun sharing a stadium yet, but the cross-town rivalry between them is already brewing.
Rams vs. Chargers Training Camp Fight Video
A fight broke out between several Chargers and Rams players on Wednesday during a joint training camp practice at UC Irvine. Both teams are expected to play in the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California starting in 2020. The venue’s construction has been delayed due to heavy rainfall.
The Chargers officially launched their “Fight for L.A.” campaign Wednesday with the release of a two-minute video that pays tribute to the city and that will air on television soon after spreading on social media.
The first skirmish began during one of the first one-one-drills of the afternoon between Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson and Chargers receiver Dontrelle Inman. Both attempted to grab a long pass from Philip Rivers and pulled each other to the ground as the ball fell. After standing up and exchanging a few angry words, Johnson threw off his helmet and punched Inman in the head.
“Man, I don’t know,” Inman said when asked if his team was taking the “Fight for L.A.” video literally. “Sometimes you put it out there, you believe in it, and that’s how we’re rolling.”
An all-out brawl ensued as Chargers receiver Keenan Allen, Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman got involved, and later Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines and Chargers receiver Jamaal Jones also broke into a scuffle and Chargers defensive end Chris McCain also entered the fray.
Lisa Lane of FOXSports San Diego shared a video of the first fight:
— Lisa Lane (@LisaLane_Sports) August 10, 2017
Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times tweeted footage of the second fight:
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) August 10, 2017
After McCain got involved, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn decided he’d seen enough and kicked the defensive end out of practice.
“At some point, you have to make an example out of somebody,” Lynn said. “We weren’t gonna fight all day.”
However, Lynn explained why he didn’t request to stop the practice there.
“You know, I don’t want to just get on the bus and go home,” he said. “I like to work through things, and that’s what we did. … We had a productive practice after all the fighting and everyone settled down.”
First-year Rams coach Sean McVay, meanwhile, did not sound worried about the fisticuffs.
“I’ve been a part of something like this when we practiced against the Texans in Washington,” said McVay. “Fortunately nobody got hurt as a result of it. We’ll try to be mindful of those things moving forward.”
The Rams and Chargers won’t play each other during the upcoming regular season, but will face off in a preseason game on Aug. 26 at the Rams’ Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
“I think we’ve built a nice little rivalry against the Rams,” said Chargers running back Melvin Gordon. “That’s kind of what I got out of today.”
SAN DIEGO, CA – NOVEMBER 23: Wide receiver Keenan Allen #13 of the San Diego Chargers is striped of the ball by defensive back Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams to force a turnover i the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on November 23, 2014 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 27-24. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)