LA Rams legend Eric Dickerson has vowed he won't return to watch his former team play at the Coliseum as long as Jeff Fisher is head coach.
He has spoken out after reports that someone from "upper management" told the running back that his presence on the sideline was making players uncomfortable".
Dickerson has since revealed that Fisher was the one making these comments and responded to them by vowing not to return to the home of the Rams as long as he's coaching.
In a phone conversation with ESPN on Monday, he said:
"I won't be at the Coliseum as long as Fisher is coaching. I'm a man of my word, and if I tell you something, I'm going to do it."
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During his scheduled meeting with the media later on Monday, the Rams head coach was asked about his comments. Fisher said:
I don't know where that's coming from. I'd welcome him in the building. I'd love to have him come in. I'd love to have him come to practice. I'd love to have him come in the meetings.
However, Dickerson responded by revealing details of the conversation the pair had 'a couple of Thursday's ago'. According to the 56-year-old, it lasted about 30 minutes and Fisher said the following:
Players feel uncomfortable with you coming on the sidelines, some of the stuff you said about the team, about coaches and the players. And as long as I'm head coach, we're not going to have that. You're not going to be saying stuff. You're not going to be coming to the sidelines as long as I'm head coach here.
Defending himself, the Hall of Famer replied:
"You think I've been waiting on the Rams to come back to town? That's not me. People who know me know, I'm not here with my hand out. Do you feel like I owe y'all something? Send me a bill."
"You can go anyplace else. Still, I'm going to be Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams. That's why I wear that gold jacket. I have the right to say what I say," he added. "I'm not trying to hurt the players. I'm a frustrated player and a frustrated fan. I watch this every week. I love the players. I'm always a player first."
He ended the conversation by saying:
"You don't ever have to worry about me coming to football games ever again."
Dickerson spent four years with the Rams between 1983 and 1987. During this time, he rushed for 7,245 yards in 65 games. His number 29 jersey was retired he was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
Despite still being a fan of the Rams, he openly criticised the team. He has spoken strongly against the offensive line by claiming that the team plays boring offensive football and has questioned the credentials of their Quarterback coach Chris Weinke.
It was these comments that led to Fisher's response and it seems the situation is far from over.
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