Rams deny banning Eric Dickerson from sidelines after his critical remarks
The Rams legend rushed for the seventh-most yards in NFL history
The Rams are bad. You know this, it's a safe bet that most of the Rams players know this, and Eric Dickerson definitely knows this. And that's apparently a problem for the Rams, according to Dickerson.
The Hall of Famer, who is seventh all-time in rushing yards, said that he has been banned from the team's sidelines.
"Someone from upper management called me and said I make the players feel uncomfortable about some of the stuff I say on the radio," Dickerson said, according to TMZ. "They don't want me on the sidelines. They don't want me at the games. I was told this. They called me and told me this. Look, I love my football team. I want my team to win. If you got the nerve to call me and tell me that crap that I make the players feel -- these are grown men."
Dickerson continued, revealing what he told the person who called him.
"If you get fired, you will go someplace else, but I will still be Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams," Dickerson said. "That's why I wear that gold jacket. I have the right to say what I want to say."
Shortly after the story broke, the Rams denied Dickerson's claim.
All Rams alumni, and especially @EricDickerson, are always welcome at our games and practices.— Kevin Demoff (@kdemoff) November 28, 2016
I have reached out to Eric to see where a miscommunication may have occurred & to clear up any confusion over his presence at games.— Kevin Demoff (@kdemoff) November 28, 2016
Most importantly I want to make sure he knows that he is a valued member of @RamsNFL family. We all share his love for our team & our fans— Kevin Demoff (@kdemoff) November 28, 2016
So, what did Dickerson say that was so bad about the Rams? I'm not sure what specific comment caused this controversy, but back in September, Dickerson did have this to say about Rams coach Jeff Fisher, per Pro Football Talk:
"I like Jeff Fisher, I do. But liking a coach and then winning football games is two different things. It's no different from a player that's not performing. What do they do, they cut him or release him. The same thing with a coach, I mean, if you're not gonna perform and you can't have a winning football team, you're just not gonna be there, especially in L.A.
"L.A. is a city [where] they want winners. You have to win in that city. I think it would be hard pressed for the Rams to go 4-12 or 5-11 this year or 6-10 and him keep his job. I mean, that's just being honest about it. It's all about winning in Los Angeles, because we don't have those kind of fans that are just the loyal diehard fans like a Packers fan or a Steelers fan. I wish we did but it's not there yet; the Rams have been gone for just too long."
And he said this Monday:
Neither comment is even critical of the Rams. If a coach doesn't win, he's not going to last long, though Fisher has certainly proven to be an exception to that rule throughout his tenure as the Rams' coach. Furthermore, Dickerson has a right to be frustrated with his perpetually bad-to-mediocre football team. As he pointed out, he doesn't work for the Rams, he's just one of many fed-up fans.
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