Loreane Tomlinson, mother of the Chargers LaDainian, has penned a book titled, LT and Me – What raising a champion has taught me. It’s hard not to appreciate LT after reading about some of the struggles in his past and I’m sure this book would just add to that appreciation. Loreane shares many tales in the text and in this interview about the focus and determination inside the running back. But, life’s not all sweet San Diego wine, LT went through some hardships, and who knows what a boy truly endured better than his mama. Loreane Tomlinson joined XX Sports Radio to discuss the public’s feedback on the book, asking LT about including a dramatic event from his life in the text, and the strength of LaDainian’s word.
On the reaction to the book so far:
“That they were really happy that I had written a book and they loved it, they couldn’t put it down and couldn’t wait to finish it. Just a lot of good reviews.”
The hardest thing to write about in the book:
“There were some times; it still made me cry. You more or less visit those places and once you put it down on paper, you can kind of put it behind you, such as when LaDainian and TaTorsha lost a baby. I asked him, ‘Well, do you have a problem with me putting it in there? Everybody knows we lost Mckiah. He said, ‘You know mom, that’s okay.’ When I thought about it, it brought back those memories of when he first called me. It was really sad and I did cry.”
On LT getting into trouble:
“He went out with some friends and they were trying to drink and they knew they shouldn’t. They had some beer. I just told him, I said, ‘You’ve been drinking,’ and he just broke down crying and he promised me he would never do it again. I believed him because he was just that type of person. I didn’t have to worry about it. The thing with LaDainian was he was one of the easier children. It was something special and that was something I wanted to come out in the book: that when you have a child that pretty much does what you expect them to do, all they need is a little guidance. You can’t let them go too far. Let them know when they’re doing something right but also let them know when they’ve gone too far.”