Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay said on Thursday that a moment of silence will be held prior to the start of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in memory of the victims of Wednesday’s shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
“Our thoughts and prayer are with the families and the victims that were affected by this terrible act that took place in our area,” McVay said. “It always gives you a perspective on — sometimes, I know, me, personally — you get upset about losing a game or whatever and it brings you back down and you really realize what’s important in life and sometimes you take some of these things for granted.”
"We just can't wish anything but our thoughts, our prayers, our condolences for this terrible act that occurred. It's just amazing that one person's act can affect so many people in a negative way. What's encouraging about the character on our football team and a lot of the players is, (T) Andrew Whitworth, some of our leaders and Jacques McClendon - our director of player engagement – are going to proactively pursue doing something to use the platform that we do have to support the people that were affected by this in a positive way. All we can do is just try to wish them our thoughts and prayers. It's just, it's amazing."
A gunman killed 12 people, including Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus, at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday night. The gunman then killed himself.
The incident occurred less than five miles from the Rams’ practice facility on the campus of Cal Lutheran University.
Several Rams players, coaches and staff members live in Thousand Oaks, and the team checked Thursday morning to make sure all employees were OK, NFL Network reported.
Several Rams players shared their condolences on social media Thursday, and McVay said the players addressed the incident before practice in a team meeting.