Merriman calls for end to drama in San Diego

The public debate over LaDainian Tomlinson’s future in San Diego hasn’t died down. After Tomlinson reacted to public speculation by saying he had “no intentions” of leaving San Diego, comments by Chargers GM A.J. Smith were interpreted as mocking the star running back, adding fuel to the situation.

Behind the scenes, several Chargers have expressed concern over the saga, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune:

Particularly, players have privately expressed consternation over General Manager A.J. Smith’s comments in which he was interpreted as mocking the star running back.

Yesterday, one player who rarely censors what he says and who has strong beliefs and no fear spoke out.

“That (stuff) doesn’t help bring a Super Bowl to San Diego,” linebacker Shawne Merriman said. “And that (stuff) needs to stop, period. It needs to stop now.”

Sources also told the Union-Tribune that Chargers president Dean Spanos is “very upset” about the Tomlinson situation being discussed publicly.

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