LaDainian Tomlinson responded yesterday to a report that some of his former Chargers teammates criticized him for demanding star treatment in San Diego.
"Honestly, I really have no reaction to it," he said. "I don't spend any of my time thinking about what's going on there because I'm so focused in this football team and job at hand. I've moved on.
"It doesn't hurt me, but nothing surprises me because guys want to speak their opinion on things. Junior Seau went through the same thing with guys when he was the big star and he left the team and guys said how they felt about him. It's the same situation. Good luck to those guys."
Chargers tignt-end Antonio Gates said, "Sometimes you would get the sense that people felt bigger than the team. Not to say it was an issue, but we know it's not an issue for sure now. Me and LT had a wonderful relationship, but sometimes you got the sense of stardom status and you can only take it so far," according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said Tomlinson's departure will allow him to become more of a team leader.
"Maybe [Tomlinson's exit] was a little bit of a relief," he said. "Maybe it's a feeling of, 'I can do a little more without wondering what he thinks.' "