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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers saw their new home at SoFi Stadium for the first time as a team Thursday. But instead of conducting a scrimmage as planned, the team canceled practice due to the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Coach Anthony Lynn canceled practice after his players held a wide-ranging conversation in the locker room spurred by the shooting of Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin last Sunday.

The Chargers were one of nine teams to call off practice Thursday.

“We got a lot more done in the locker room than we would have on the field,” Lynn said, “As the head coach I have to have a feel for the team and my instincts told me not to take the field.”

Lynn said the players going through the routine of getting to the new stadium, walking the field and seeing the locker room still proved beneficial.

Lynn and his players have been having an open dialogue about race issues, police brutality and social justice since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis three months ago. Those meetings happened on Zoom, however. This marked the first time the entire team was in one locker room and players could see each other up close.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor agreed the conversations in the locker room were more emotional.

“To get that conversation out with everyone and see everyone’s takes was healthy. It affects some more than others,” Taylor said.

The mammoth 360-degree video board displayed the quote “I’m not sad. I don’t want your pity. I want change,” which was spoken by Letetra Widman, Blake’s sister, after the shooting. Ribbon boards around the stadium displayed the names of those who had been affected by police brutality.

NFL Network was scheduled to do a one-hour show from the stadium before the scrimmage, but it turned into a player’s town hall on off-field issues.

“This was a great time to do it. It is a testament to our organization and shows that this scrimmage is less important than dealing with the issues at hand. To have the organization behind us is good,” defensive end Isaac Rochell said.


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Crime and Public Safety | Man stabbed in Northern California hotel room after refusing to smoke methamphetamine, police say

CHICO — A stabbing at Americas Best Value Inn on Monday morning sent one man to Enloe Medical Center, said Chico Police Department Lt. Ben Love.

Chico police responded to a call around 10 a.m. reporting that a man was chasing another man at 470 Broadway.

Chico police say they identified the chaser as Jeremy Brooks, who officers detained 16 minutes after arriving at the hotel. Brooks was detained at the parking lot after complying with commands and walking out of the room, said Love

When officers first responded, they were told that the chaser owned several firearms, said Love. When police arrived on scene, they found a man had been stabbed and he was sent to the medical center. Love did not know the person’s medical status.

While at the scene, officers created a perimeter and began requesting that residents of the motel shelter in place.

When officers interviewed the man who had been stabbed, he said Brooks had forced himself into his motel room where he demanded that he smoke methamphetamine. After the man refused, Brooks then stabbed him and pursued him when he escaped his room, according to a Chico Police Department press release.

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Officers received information that more people were possibly inside room 206 of the hotel, however a Chico police drone sent inside the room found no one inside.

After detectives searched the motel room, a sawed-off shotgun, as well as multiple bags of methamphetamine and fentanyl were found, according to the release.

Brooks was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, burglary, felon in possession of a firearm, possession for sales of methamphetamine brandishing a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Butte County Jail.

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