Jared Goff, Andrew Whitworth met with families of Thousand Oaks shooting victims
Jared Goff and Andrew Whitworth spent some time with families of the victims from the mass shooting earlier this month in nearby Thousand Oaks, Calif., following the Los Angeles Rams’ 54-51 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.
In an emotional scene on the field, Goff and Whitworth embraced and shook hands with family members who lost loved ones in the massacre, where 12 victims who were killed by a gunman at the Borderline Bar & Grill, a country music establishment located about 40 miles northwest of L.A.
After Monday Night's game, Jared Goff and Andrew Whitworth met with the families of victims of the Thousand Oaks, CA shooting earlier this month. pic.twitter.com/wMhmJXCs97
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Whitworth, who resides with his family in Thousand Oaks and incidentally donated his game check from Monday night to the families of victims from the mass shooting, addressed the tragedy after the game.
“I’ll tell you what, you sometimes realize things are bigger than yourself,” Andrew told reporters, via TMZ Sports. “Coming off of a win, you realize quickly, man, there’s a whole lot of things more important than football.”
The Thousand Oaks mass shooting not surprisingly has been weighing heavily on the region’s professional athletes and coaches. Both the Clippers and Lakers wore warmup shirts ahead of recent games bearing the message “Enough” that also featured the names of the 12 victims.
Monday night’s game at the Coliseum served as public forum to honor not only those impacted by the mass shooting but also the victims of the horrific wildfires plaguing California, as well as the first responders who are putting their lives on the line battling the blazes. The Rams donned hats emblazoned with LAFD as a tribute to the latter.