Rams' McVay backs discipline for ignored protocol

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Lindsey ThiryESPN

Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay was asked Wednesday if he thinks teams should be punished for blatantly disregarding coronavirus safety protocols.

“Oh, yeah,” McVay said during a video conference with reporters. “There’s some very strict policies that the league is serious about implementing, and I think we all realize, you know, how volatile this thing is, and so to answer your question, yes.”

McVay, however, did not offer any suggestions when asked what a fair punishment would be. “I don’t know that,” he said.

McVay has not been without fault in following safety protocols. A day after the season opened, the NFL distributed a sternly worded memo to reinforce that coaches must wear face coverings at all times on the sideline during games and threatened discipline for those who don’t comply.

“I figure that memo was directed at me,” said McVay, who was shown wearing a mask below his chin multiple times during the Sunday Night Football broadcast. “I was definitely

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