After spending the past two months doing their offseason workouts in San Diego, the Chargers are finally headed for Los Angeles. For the team, it means they’ll finally be making the move to their new practice facility in Costa Mesa, California. For most of the players, it means packing up their house and making the 120-mile move from San Diego to the L.A. area.
Although a 120-mile move might not sound that difficult, apparently, the process of finding a new place to live hasn’t been very easy for a few players on the team. According to Chargers defensive lineman Brandon Mebane, several African-American players have had trouble finding a landlord who will rent to them, and Mebane insinuates that it’s due to the color of their skin.
In a recent post on his personal website, Mebane wrote that finding a place to live became nearly impossible “once we actually started putting in our rental applications.”
“Some owners in the suburbs we were visiting did not want us living in their house,” Mebane wrote. “Though we exceeded the standard tenant requirements, put together a competitive application with a Tier 1 credit score, references, a cover letter, and advanced payment, we were denied.”
Mebane says this was definitely race-related.
“Some other black teammates were having trouble getting owners to rent to them too,” Mebane wrote.
According to Mebane, the situation…
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