Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and defensive end Joey Bosa were guests on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” During their segment, Kimmel made Rivers and Bosa pledge their allegiance to the city of Los Angeles.
It was a fun bit and not meant to be taken seriously at all. Kimmel started off the sketch by jokingly stating that the “Chargers cannot leave San Diego until the players have been officially sworn in.” In order to do that, Kimmel made Rivers and Bosa place their right hand on a pair of yoga pants and raise their left hand in the air.
Then came the questions, and Rivers’ hesitation was quite noticeable.
Philip Rivers just told Jimmy Kimmel he's "warming up" to LA but visibly hesitated when swearing to stay with team pic.twitter.com/lbBjlQWdTY
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) January 18, 2017
Just for the record, I’m not trying to stir the pot. It was the first question of the night, and after that Rivers went on to have a few good laughs with the rest of Kimmel’s questions (like having to add avocado to everything, getting plastic surgery and marrying and then divorcing a Kardashian).
It just makes you wonder, is Rivers really fine (his own words) with this move? It was his home for 13 years, so it makes sense that he was hesitant.
But Rivers did look uncomfortable compared to Bosa, and it was hard not to feel bad for him: He clearly loved San Diego. While arriving to the show, TMZ Sports stopped and asked how Rivers was dealing with it all, and he replied by saying, “It’s been tough.” Even rumors spread earlier today about the veteran quarterback looking for a trade. Those rumors were shot down quickly, per San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee.
One more time, Philip Rivers is not pushing a trade to 49ers. He has no-trade clause. He's fine with LA. From Philip.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) January 17, 2017
All in all, it’s hard to have a little fun after what just went down in San Diego, so I give Rivers a ton of credit for going on the show, cowboy boots and all.