Broncos’ Melvin Gordon trolls Chargers, says they prepared him to play in empty stadiums
As Gordon begins a new era of his career with the Broncos, he will look to move on after spending the first five seasons of his career with the Chargers. While Gordon did excel during his tenure, things didn’t exactly end well during his final season in Los Angeles. After holding out all throughout preseason and the first four games of the regular season, the two-time Pro Bowl running back returned and struggled. He averaged just 3.8 yards per carry as backup Austin Ekeler took away his reps. Worst of all, the Chargers re-signed Ekeler — and not Gordon.
With all of that said, Gordon hasn’t forgotten. And he managed to take a swipe at the Chargers for their empty stadiums. When asked on the possibility of playing games without fans this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gordon had a priceless answer: the Chargers never played any games in front of fans anyway.
“Bro, we didn’t have fans anyway,” Gordon said. “I’ll be honest, we didn’t have many Chargers fans at the game. Much loyalty and love, but we didn’t have many, so I’m not missing anything.”
It’s one savage answer, but it’s definitely a factual one. The Chargers ranked dead-last in the NFL in attendance during the 2019 season, with a total home attendance of 254,007. The second-lowest home attendance in the NFL last season were the Cincinnati Bengals at 367,848 fans. The league-worst Bengals still had more than 100,000 fans attend their games despite a 2-14 record.
The decline in Chargers’ attendance over the past couple of years is largely due to moving to the smallest stadium in the NFL A stadium that was only built to hold 27,000 fans.
One thing is for certain moving forward: Gordon is prepared for an NFL season without live fans. He can thank Los Angeles and Chargers fans for preparing him for such a situation.