Andrew Whitworth, like plenty of people, heard the news about the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and badly wanted to do something.
The Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle, who lives in the community with his wife and four kids, is donating his game check this week to the victims and families of the shooting, which claimed 12 lives Thursday. His game check, according to Spotrac, comes to about $60,000.
“As a group, everyone’s affected in a different way. 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,” Whitworth told Yahoo Sports.
"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."
Whitworth also led a team drive for a fund to be used for several causes, including for relief from wildfires currently raging in California. After the Rams beat the Seahawks Sunday and the Coliseum in Los Angeles, Whitworth elaborated on his decision to donate the check.
The shootings were on the minds of other teams, too. During their game Saturday at Staples Center, the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers wore T-shirts with “Enough” on the front and the names of the victims on the back.
“Enough” was the theme for Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, too.
“[T]the politicians have it on predial now. They say the same thing, and we don’t do anything. I like that we voted. It was a big outcome. I think in two years we have to do it even more. I think that’s important to send messages and get things done. I think that’s the only way we can make change right now, but it’s sad,” he said (via the Los Angeles Times).
“Mental illness is sad, but gun control is sadder. This whole thing about, ‘I guess it wasn’t a terrorist attack,’ just infuriates me because if that was your child I bet they’d think it was a terrorist attack. The guns are the terrorists, and until we understand that, we’re going to keep having terrorist attacks. It’s sad.”
The Los Angeles Kings sent the same “Enough” message.
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