Report: Chargers coach not allowing Rivers, Gates to attend LaDainian Tomlinson HOF enshrinement

Chargers great LaDainian Tomlinson is set to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, but two of his former Charger teammates are not being allowed to attend the ceremony, according to a published report.

Sporting News reporter Alex Marvez, citing sources, reported Monday that quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates were instructed by Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn to remain in Southern California for the team's first training camp practice at the StubHub Center in Carson and not attend LT's Hall of Fame enshrinement.

Marvez reported Gates was possibly thinking of skipping the weekend practice so he can go to see his ex-teammate in Canton, Ohio.

In remarks posted on USAToday.com, Lynn responded to Marvez's report and denied he was preventing Rivers and Gates from going to the ceremony.

Lynn said: "I've talked to Philip. I've talked to Antonio. I've even talked to LT. We're all on the same page. At the end of the day, we're going to make the best decision for our football team, and that's it."

NFL Network reporter Alex Flanagan, in a tweet, added: "Lynn did not block Rivers from attending HOF, but was adamant when they spoke about wanting Phillip be at practice in stub hub w/ Rams Sat."

On Rivers' plans, Flanagan tweeted: "I just spoke to Philip Rivers. He will not attend hall of fame induction. His priority is with Chargers. He has talked to LT already.."

Tomlinson was the then-San Diego Chargers' first-round pick in 2001 and played for the team until 2009. Gates was an undrafted free agent pickup in 2003, while Rivers was the No. 4 overall pick in the much-discussed 2004 draft.

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