Fight For LA: 3 Fights Break Out At Rams–Chargers Joint Practice

Bryan Brandom
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The Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers were terrible last year, but thankfully for them, all each franchise has to do to gain supremacy in Los Angeles, where the Chargers moved this offseason, is be better than the other. Maybe that’s why things got out of hand when the teams met for a joint practice on Wednesday.

At least three fights broke out at the UC Irvine training facility yesterday. The first occurred after Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson and Chargers wide receiver Dontrelle Inman got tangled on a one-on-one drill. Johnson removed his helmet and hit Inman in the head, causing teammates to join the fray.

“He probably landed a punch on my helmet, which is kind of nothing. I think that’s stupid,” Inman said. “If you break your hand, then what?”

Fellow Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman then shoved Inman to the ground, causing Chargers wideout Keenan Allen, wearing yellow socks in the video below, to lay a massive hit on Robey-Coleman, thumping his shoulder into the defensive back’s chest and smashing him to the ground.

“Emotions got a little high and I had to defend my teammate,” Robey-Coleman said. “That’s part of the code. … As a veteran I know better, and I know I’ve got to have my teammates’ back no matter what. … I kind of went against it but it was for my teammate.”

The teams weren’t done. At least two more fights broke out before the day was done.

“I’ve been a part of something like this when we practiced against the Texans in Washington,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “Fortunately nobody got hurt as a result of it. We’ll try to be mindful of those things moving forward.”

The Chargers website is emblazoned with the words “Fight for LA.” It appears both teams are taking the battle to heart.


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