Los Angeles Rams strength coach Dan Rath, who achieved fame as head coach Sean McVay’s “get-back” coach during games, took a leave of absence from the team before Super Bowl LIII after he was arrested and charged with three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, per a report from KNX 1070 radio.
The Rams confirmed Rath’s leave of absence in a statement to KMX on Friday.
The charges reportedly stem from an incident last June involving a female acquaintance in Moorpark with allegations of unwanted touching of intimate body parts. Rath was reportedly arrested on Jan. 15, days before the Rams’ NFC championship win over the New Orleans Saints.
Rath was not with the Rams at the NFC championship game or the Super Bowl following the arrest, with the team claiming he was recovering from a recent medical procedure.
While McVay praised Rath and said the team loved him in a statement ahead of the Super Bowl, the Rams’ statement released Friday indicated the team initiated the leave of absence once it learned of the charges.
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.”
Vicki Podberesky, Rath’s attorney, reportedly pleaded not guilty on his behalf Friday, saying Rath is prepared to take the matter to trial.
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