Should these accusations prove accurate, it's not a good look for the Rams or the NFL.
The Rams' Sean McVay 'get back' coach, as Ted Rath has been coined by the rest of the league and media, was charged with sexual battery on Jan. 15. How, then, did the NFL keep this under raps in the leadup to the big game? Evidently, they purposely kept this news from the many media members on-site.
It was the biggest week of the year, and the Rams and the NFL managed to conceal what could have been one of its biggest stories https://t.co/9P0aDX9Uoz— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 16, 2019
Per Pro Football Talk: "The source said that the Rams also had communicated the information regarding the arrest to the league office, meaning that both the Rams and the NFL concealed the situation during the week that the Rams were in the epicenter of the NFL’s biggest event of the year, with an article on NFL.com providing the official reason for Rath’s absence from Super Bowl week without even mentioning the other official reason that would have kept him away from the team."
Rams strength and conditioning coach Ted Rath was arraigned in Ventura County on Friday on 3 counts of misdemeanor sexual battery. Here’s what we know: https://t.co/3JaLzgNf6O— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) March 15, 2019
This is certainly sketchy, as both the Rams and NFL knew of the disturbing charges against Rath. Yet, this news is only surfacing this week, more than a month after the big game. While convenient for the NFL, it shows a disturbing lack of transparency in the league.
This is information which should've been readily available to the media, regardless of whether the Rams were playing in the Super Bowl or not. By avoiding bad press during Super Bowl week, the NFL has essentially started its own PR nightmare.