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Keenan Allen catches flak for wearing Raiders hat

Keenan Allen

San Diego Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) adjusts his helmet during Chargers NFL football training camp Monday, May 20, 2013, in San Diego. Allen was drafted in the third round by the Chargers. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


When players are drafted by NFL teams, they may have some past allegiances to other clubs to put aside.

Sometimes that doesn’t happen quite quickly enough to please fans of their new team. Such is the case for Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, who posted a Vine video of himself wearing a Raiders hat while sipping on a drink. The Raiders and Chargers have had a healthy animosity for one another since their days in the AFL and that’s led to some angry reactions from Chargers fans on social media. has compiled some of these responses (there’s some not safe for work language in that mix) as well as the offending picture, which has since been deleted. Allen has also tweeted out an apology and promise that he won’t be wearing any more silver and black in the future.

That’s a prudent fashion choice on Allen’s part, although the phrase making mountains out of molehills does come to mind. While the prospect of an NFL rookie coming into the league to make as a secret agent tasked with taking down an organization makes for a corker of a story, there’s not much chance our fictional Manchurian Candidate would spell out his intentions by wearing another team’s hat in public.