Rams’ strength coach on leave after arrest
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.”