Earlier this week, the NFL issued a warning to all NFL teams about potential punishment over failure to properly wear masks on the sidelines. LA Rams head coach Sean McVay thinks that the league was specifically calling him out.
On Monday evening, the 34-year-old head coach spoke out about the memo during a video conference with reporters. “I figured that memo was directed at me,” McVay said, ESPN reports.
The LA Rams emerged victorious after facing the Dallas Cowboys in the season opener. Frequently throughout the game, McVay roamed the sidelines with his mask worn mostly under his chin. According to the NFL’s current protocols, everyone on the sideline, aside from the players, must wear pre-approved forms of face coverings.
According to McVay, he was well aware of the criticisms over him violating league rules on masks.
“I’ve been getting blasted all day about it, so I just love it,” McVay said. “I will do better.”
McVay opted to wear a face mask as opposed to a neck gaiter or face shield. He continued by explaining that regardless of which face-covering he wears going forward that he plans to “do better.”
“I was definitely one of the main culprits of not following what the league wants,” McVay said. “I will definitely be aware of that and do better.”
LA Rams and Every NFL Team Receive Memo Regarding Face Masks
Troy Vincent, the NFL executive V.P. of football operations, sent a letter to all General Managers, head coaches, and athletic trainers in the league on Monday. The memo addressed the joint NFL-NFL Players Association protocols regarding masks and face coverings.
“[W]e must remain vigilant and disciplined in following the processes and protocols put in place by not only the league, union and clubs, but also by state and local governments,” Vincent writes, according to Pro Football Talk. “Becoming careless or ignoring face covering and physical distancing requirements will put the 2020 season at risk.”
Furthermore, Vincent writes: “Two of our stadiums are in locations in which this requirement is mandatory for all individuals, including players. Failure to adhere to this requirement will result in accountability measures being imposed against offending individuals and/or clubs. Wearing a mask does not mean using it as a chin strap or hanging it from one’s neck.”