Eric Weddle’s daughter and many San Diego Chargers fans are proud of Weddle who watched his daughter perform during halftime of the team’s final home game. Whether or not the Chargers will be playing on their home turf again is quite unlikely – and is making Eric Weddle’s daughter’s halftime dance performance historic.
Eric Weddle’s daughter performed during the halftime ceremony at the last Chargers-Dolphins game in San Diego, and when the proud dad watched his child instead of joining his team members in the locker room, the Chargers fined him $10,000 as Fox Sports reports on December 28. “The San Diego Chargers’ messy divorce from star safety Eric Weddle just got even messier.”
Apparently, Weddle failed to tell team officials that he was staying on the field to watch his daughter instead of listening to defensive coordinator John Pagano’s less than seven-minute halftime address when the Chargers had a 23-0 lead against the Dolphins. But then, why would he?
“How about completely alienating a player who spends as much time at the facility as anyone and has started 93 of the past 95 games through myriad injuries and taught younger players on and off the field and been like a coach during games. In addition to making plays that others screw up, this is one of the great family men and role models in the game,” writes The San Diego Union-Tribune.
According to Weddle’s agent, the Chargers haven’t treated the two-time All-Pro quite as a family member and were dragging their feet when it came to renewing his contract. “Weddle was all but assured to leave after a summer of bitter negotiation and holdout. He reportedly told his agent to cut off contact with the Chargers after they failed to reach his deadline for a new deal.”
Weddle has been a fan favorite in San Diego over the past few years, and fans’ reactions to Weddle being fined for watching his daughter are quite revealing:
“Eric Weddle pays respect to group of fans after every home win,” reads one Twitter comment.
“Weddle situation the latest in a long string of bad #Chargers breakups. I mean, REALLY long string,” reads another comment.
“#Chargers All-Time Greats With Unhappy Endings: Alworth, Fouts, Winslow, Jefferson, Dean, Harrison, Seau, LT, Weddle. Who’s next? Gates?”
“ #Chargers fined Eric Weddle $10K for watching his daughter dance at halftime yet the NFL lets men who beat women play w/o consequence.”
“’The two-time All-Pro has likely played his last game in San Diego.’ Well so have the rest of the Chargers after Sunday if Dean Spanos gets his way and moves north to Inglewood or Carson,” comments one fan under the Fox Sports article.
“I think he should go to an organization that appreciates a man that puts his family first,” writes another fan after news came to light about Eric Weddle’s daughter.