Veteran All-Pro safety Eric Weddle appears to have played his last game with the San Diego Chargers.
Weddle’s relationship with the team seems to have a hit a breaking point this week when it was reported that the team fined him $10,000 for “conduct detrimental to the team” during a Week 15 game in San Diego.
The reason for the fine, however, comes across as petty — Weddle stayed on the field at halftime, without permission, to watch his daughter dance as part of a halftime show.
Things got worse when the Chargers then placed Weddle on the injured reserve list, essentially ending his season, then saying players on IR couldn’t fly with the team to Denver for the final game of the season.
Weddle’s agent, David Canter of DEC Management, first disclosed the fine on Twitter before going off on a rant, condemning the Chargers for their actions.
You can call me every name in the book. What the organisation did and how we have been treated is beyond reproach.
— DEC Management (@davidcanter) December 28, 2015
In a series of replies to Twitter users, Canter then spelled out even more details, like that the Chargers took the $10,000 out of Weddle’s paycheck, that the NFL Players Association is filing a grievance, and that the Chargers will be “at the bottom of the list” when Weddle becomes a free agent this offseason.
Canter also used Twitter to point out the absurdity of the fine.
Chargers head coach Mike McCoy confirmed the fine to reporters, saying, “We have a policy here. And a situation took place two weeks ago in our stadium. So yes, we did fine him.”
This is the latest and perhaps final incident in what’s become a broken relationship. Weddle held out of OTAs during the offseason in hopes for a contract extension. The Chargers did not agree to an extension, with Kevin Acee of the San Diego Tribune reporting that the Chargers cited age and mileage as reasons not to extend Weddle. As ESPN points out, Weddle felt disrespected by how the negotiations were handled, and Canter told the Associated Press at the time, “If you do bad things to good people, you deserve to have your dirty laundry aired in the limelight. Eric’s done nothing but give nine years to the Chargers organisation — his heart, his soul, his body.”
Weddle has remained quiet on Twitter, but it’s clear from his agent’s words that he’ll be on a different team next season.
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