Rams’ strength coach on leave af­ter ar­rest

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

Ted Rath, the Los An­ge­les Rams’ di­rec­tor of strength train­ing and per­for­mance, is on a leave of ab­sence af­ter be­ing ar­rested and charged with three mis­de­meanor counts of sex­ual bat­tery.

The Rams con­firmed Rath’s leave of ab­sence Fri­day.

Along with his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in strength train­ing, Rath gained mi­nor fame last sea­son as the so­called “get­back coach” as­signed to make sure Rams head coach Sean McVay doesn’t step too far onto the field while coach­ing on the side­line.

Rath was ar­rested and re­leased on bail Jan. 15, five days be­fore the Rams beat New Or­leans in the NFC cham­pi­onship game, ac­cord­ing to Ven­tura County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment spokesman Eric Hatlee. He didn’t travel with the team to New Or­leans or to the Su­per Bowl. The Rams said the coach was re­cov­er­ing from an in­jury at the time.

In a team state­ment is­sued Fri­day, the Rams said they “are aware of the charges filed against Ted Rath. We take these al­le­ga­tions very se­ri­ously. Once the charges were filed, we de­cided Ted would take a leave of ab­sence from the team as this mat­ter works its way through the jus­tice sys­tem.”

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