Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay spent time with media members on Tuesday to discuss the social issues that are going on in the U.S. McVay told reporters that he dedicated Monday’s virtual team meeting to allowing players to express themselves and talk about their experiences.
McVay described the team meeting was “powerful,” according to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic. McVay opened his comments to the media by saying his thoughts and prayers are with the family of George Floyd, the African American man who died after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed with his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes on May 25. Chauvin has since been fired, and was arrested on murder and manslaughter charges last Friday.
After Sean McVay’s opening statement (full below), he added that he wished he had been asking questions about race and systemic oppression sooner. Hearing players’ own experiences and feeling the grief of some has caused him to self-evaluate how he can continue the conversation. pic.twitter.com/LQ5tYB8gFo— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) June 2, 2020
There have been multiple protests around the country since Floyd’s death. While many are peaceful, some cities including Los Angeles have also had violent clashes with police, looting and destruction of property.
The Rams sent a large group of employees to Santa Monica on Monday to assist in the cleanup efforts after Sunday’s protests.
McVay also said he supports his players in any kind of protest or demonstration they may feel compelled to make.
Later on Tuesday, Rams’ defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day expressed his gratitude for the team to allow the open discussion.
Was very powerful... Blessed to be part of an organization that is filled with outstanding PEOPLE not just players & coaches! Huge S/O to Coach McVay and the Les! https://t.co/yqgHHooMGw— Sebastian Joseph-Day (@SJD_51) June 2, 2020
Joseph-Day also participated in one of the peaceful protests happening across L.A., according to his Instagram story.
Not sure exactly where this is in Los Angeles or its greater area, but Rams DT Sebastian Joseph-Day (@SJD_51) is currently participating in a peaceful protest per his Instagram story.— Stu Jackson (@StuJRams) June 2, 2020
Rams head coach Sean McVay said earlier he supported his players wanting to do so. pic.twitter.com/AzhKjcszFm