LeBron James, Jared Goff, other athletes react to Thousand Oaks mass shooting

Los Angeles area athletes are sharing messages of support following a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California. (Getty Images)

Just as Pittsburgh athletes did a few weeks ago when a gunman murdered 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue, Los Angeles athletes are sharing messages of support, sympathy and love after a 28-year-old Marine veteran opened fire and murdered 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

Thousand Oaks is part of the greater Los Angeles area, about 40 miles from downtown. But the shooting hits close to home for the Los Angeles Rams — their practice facility is in Thousand Oaks, just five miles from the Borderline Bar & Grill. A number of Rams players tweeted about the shooting, offering thoughts and prayers for the victims, their families and the Thousand Oaks community.

The Rams tweeted their own message of support, and were joined by the Chargers, Lakers, Dodgers, Angels and Kings.

Players for those teams chimed in, as well as other athletes.

The Rams play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and they also released a message of support for the Thousand Oaks community.

The game will be in Los Angeles, and while it’s not known yet if the Rams will do anything to honor the victims, team COO Kevin Demoff said on the NFL Network that it’s more than a possibility.

“I would think that would be appropriate given the situation. You saw that in Pittsburgh a couple weeks ago, what the Steelers went through, an unfortunate tragedy that’s become too common for us in the NFL. We want to make sure we honor the victims in the right way on Sunday.”

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Liz Roscher is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at lizroscher@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter at @lizroscher.

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