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Rams’ Andrew Whitworth donating game check to mass shooting victims

Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth will donate his game check from this week’s game to the victims of the mass shooting earlier this week in nearby Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Whitworth, who lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife and four children, was understandably left shaken upon learning the news of how a gunman opened fire at a local country music bar, leaving 12 victims dead, including a police officer. Whitworth expressed his devastation and grief on Twitter Thursday morning, as did his wife.

The Athletic’s Jay Glazer writes in a Veterans Day piece on Whitworth published Friday that the veteran lineman will donate his game check, which amounts to approximately $60,000, to the families of the victims and others impacted by the tragedy.

Whitworth spoke with the media this week about having a tragedy hit so literally close to home.

“As a group, everyone’s affected in a different way,” Whitworth said, via Yahoo Sports. “Whether it’s the fear of having your own kids that could be involved in something like that, if it’s the fear of just being in that environment yourself or just living somewhere where something like that’s happened.

“You always think it’s never going to be around you or involve you, but you always see that from people once you experience it. I think we just wanted to find a way to come together and really just wrap our arms around the community that we live in and that we operate and work in.”

Rams head coach Sean McVay announced earlier this week that a moment of silence will be observed at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum prior to Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks in memory of the victims and those affected by Wednesday night’s incident.