SAN DIEGO (AP) — The lawyer who is leading the San Diego Chargers’ efforts to move to Los Angeles was vigorously booed as he addressed the crowd at the beginning of a public hearing the NFL mandated as part of the relocation process.
“Why don’t you tell the truth?” one fan yelled at Mark Fabiani, who has criticized Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s efforts to build a new stadium in Mission Valley to replace aging Qualcomm Stadium.
Eric Grubman, the NFL’s point man on Los Angeles, had to step in and ask that the crowd to calm down.
The Chargers and their rivals, the Oakland Raiders, have proposed a joint $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, an industrial suburb of L.A. if they don’t get stadium deals in their home market. Their proposal was announced after St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced plans for a stadium in Inglewood.
“It’s good to see all of you here tonight,” Fabiani, a one-time deputy mayor of Los Angeles, told the crowd Wednesday night at a downtown theater.
“That’s a lie,” one fan yelled.
Fabiani, who works for Chargers chairman Dean Spanos, blamed politicians, not the fans, for the team’s stance. The…