"This has to be a Goodell industry plant" - NFL fans spin conspiracy theory as Chargers fan goes viral during MNF game
Viral Chargers fan sparks speculation of being an industry plant hired by Commissioner Roger Goodell, raising questions about her authenticity.
The Los Angeles Chargers suffered a disappointing loss to the Dallas Cowboys in their Week 6 Monday Night Football matchup, dropping their record to 2-3. While the game showcased an exciting duel between quarterbacks Dak Prescott and Justin Herbert, it also highlighted the strategic battle between Mike McCarthy and Kellen Moore.
Moore, who previously served as McCarthy's offensive coordinator in Dallas, made the move to Los Angeles to take on the same role under head coach Brandon Staley. This decision led McCarthy to assume play-calling duties for the Cowboys. However, amidst the focus on the players and coaches, one particular fan caught the attention of viewers, raising questions about her authenticity.
Throughout the game, the cameras frequently zoomed in on this passionate supporter, whose emotions were particularly evident when the Chargers' offense took the field. She displayed overwhelming jubilation when Gerald Everett caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Herbert, tying the game at 20. However, her mood quickly shifted when Stephon Gilmore intercepted a pass from Herbert, ultimately securing a 20-17 victory for the Cowboys. Prior to that interception, Micah Parsons managed to sack Herbert, marking the only sack for Dallas in the game.
Although the identity of this fan remains unknown, another NFL enthusiast who witnessed her reactions put forth an intriguing theory. They suggested that she could be an industry plant hired by Commissioner Roger Goodell to generate viral content. This notion sparked further agreement among fans who shared similar suspicions about the authenticity of the viral Chargers fan.
While some fans acknowledged the existence of Chargers supporters, they speculated that the majority of them may reside in San Diego, California, which is approximately two hours away from Los Angeles. Interestingly, the Chargers were initially based in Los Angeles when they first entered the NFL in 1960, playing their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. However, a year later, the team relocated to San Diego and called Balboa Stadium their home until 1966. The Chargers remained in San Diego until the 2016 season, accumulating 13 playoff appearances, four AFC Championship Game appearances, and a Super Bowl berth during their over five-decade tenure in the city.
With a 2-3 record, the Chargers find themselves facing some challenges. However, they had the opportunity to regroup and recover during their bye week, with key players like Austin Ekeler and Joey Bosa returning to the lineup for this home game. Despite their efforts, the Cowboys' defense managed to halt the Chargers' final drive, resulting in their lowest point output of the season thus far.
Looking ahead, Herbert and his teammates will face the Kansas City Chiefs in their upcoming matchup. A loss to their division rivals at Arrowhead Stadium would push their record to 2-4. It's worth noting that Herbert has a 2-4 record against the Chiefs, with both of his victories occurring at Arrowhead.