Ladainian Tomlinson doubled down on his call for Joey Bosa to sign his contract and report to training camp.
“Any football players who wants to be great, it’s not about the money,” Tomlinson said on XTRA 1360’s the Mark and Rich Show in San Diego. “If you ball out, you’re going to get paid no matter what. That’s the beautiful thing about playing this game and being a player. If you ball out, then you will get paid.”
He also said Bosa could risk alienating himself from his teammates and the organization while jeopardizing a future contract.
Earlier in August Tomlinson said on NFL Network that Bosa is in control of whether he wants to show up to camp or not, and that the rookie is missing valuable time to build continuity with the defense.
In a time where there was no rookie pay scale, Tomlinson also held out of training camp his rookie season, as have many Chargers first-round picks. He had a response ready for that point.
“When the money is guaranteed and you’re arguing about when you get paid,” Tomlinson said. “To me that’s where players start to question, ‘Man, does he really want to be on this team? Does he really want to play?’”
Tomlinson does sound hypocritical, because even while trying to explain why his holdout was different, he took the exact same risks he claims Bosa is taking. He also could have alienated himself from the team and organization by holding out for a month.
It may be some honest don’t-do-what-I-did advice, but Tomlinson’s words do come off preachy and patronizing.