The Los Angeles Rams have been in the news a few times recently. Not always for the greatest reasons.
Of course, there was the unveiling of their new logo. And that went extremely sideways. People were hilariously quick to mock them for that.
However, that wasn’t the truly bad publicity that they received. That came from former players Todd Gurley and Clay Matthews.
Gurley (now with the Atlanta Falcons) and free agent Matthews have both shared their collective dismay at the belated compensation on social media.
However, it looks like Los Angeles is going to try and fix that. Rams general manager Les Snead promised Gurley and Matthews their money is on the way, via NFL.com.
“They’re definitely owed money. That money is guaranteed, we’re going to pay them,” Snead said, via ProFootballTalk. “There’s some language in the contract of exactly when you pay them and that’s what we’re adhering by. What I do know is both Clay and Todd earned that money and they’re going to get that money.”
The Rams would likely want this to go away as quickly as possible. It’s definitely not a good look for a franchise to have multiple players complaining about not getting money owed to them.
That being said, it seems like Snead handled this very well. He did not deny they were owed money and even said they both definitely earned that money. However, he says that they are simply adhering to the contracts and paying them when they are supposed to be paid.
If that’s the case, this is likely just some miscommunication. The players left the team and thought they should be paid immediately. And probably felt like the franchise was holding out on them when they didn’t get those checks. However, the team was waiting to pay them at the appropriate time.
Due to that, confusion set in and it turned into some bad press for the Rams. All can be fixed if/when Gurley and Matthews get the money owed to them, though.