Ohio State requires players to sign coronavirus waiver for voluntary workouts

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The corona charlatans will shout that young people have nothing at all to worry about when it comes to the virus that has killed more than 100,000 Americans this year. But those who potentially would be sued for exposing young people to a virus that in theory could make them seriously ill or worse would prefer not to worry about being sued, in the event the corona charlatans are wrong.

At Ohio State, players participating in voluntary football workouts had to sign a document assuming the risk of catching COVID-19.

Via the Columbus Dispatch, players had to sign a two-page document containing a  “pledge to take responsibility for my own health and help stop the spread of the COVID-19.” The document also states that “although the university is following the coronavirus guidelines issued by the CDC and other experts to reduce the spread of infection, I can never be completely shielded from all risk of illness caused by COVID-19 or other infections.”

Refusal to sign the document supposedly won’t affect the scholarship status of players. But, obviously, if players refuse to sign and in turn can’t participate in voluntary workouts, someone else who does sign and participate could begin to make the kind of impression that could cause the scholarship player to begin to fall out of favor.

It’s one thing for a professional football team to foist the risks of the virus onto players who are showing up and participating in workouts that lead to a football season entailing significant compensation. College football players don’t get paid, and now they’re being asked (at least in Columbus) to assume the full risk of showing up and participating in workouts aimed at helping them, and in turn the football program, perform better in the fall.

24 responses to “Ohio State requires players to sign coronavirus waiver for voluntary workouts

  1. No surprise here. My wife made me sign a covid waiver before last night’s encounter. It’s the new normal. LOL.

  2. How can the NCAA ever pretend to see players as anything other than subcontractors???

  3. When school resumes, all students will probably be asked to sign a waiver.

  4. Here we go, the elitist abusing the poor via covid 19 this time around.

  5. Yes young people are dying in smaller numbers than 65+ but almost all have some type of pre-condition diabetes, asthma etc and personally I would think twice about playing football or any other contact sport while all this is going on

  6. The fact that people have to worry about lawsuits because of a virus not of their creation or control, getting some sick is the American norm.

  7. That is SOOO Ohio State. Let’s see the rest of the NCAA’s schools posture on this.

  8. Is it a waiver of liability? Didn’t seem to say that and just asks that they protect themselves. Correct or did I miss something?

  9. We will have our waivers signed when we show up in record numbers to the rally this week.

  10. If it is only for educational purposes, why make the kids (or their parents) sign it? Because it absolves OSU of all liability arising from the pandemic and football!! Duh!

  11. The NFL is going to test every player and coach and test them regularly. Colleges, not so much.

    College players don’t get tested until after they get ill or if they come from a high risk area. It’s not hard to see why that is a bad idea.

    That’s only slightly better than what the government was doing when everyone on Fox was calling the virus a democrate hoax.

    If you aren’t going to test everyone, people will get sick and you won’t know about it until after that person has spread it to other people. Rinse, repeat.

  12. Most student athletes don’t have scholarships.
    Don’t sign and you don’t make the team, or at least don’t play. Let’s see how it is in July with more athletes getting sick.

  13. I’m disappointed in Ohio State. They should agree to pay for the players medical if they get sick practicing a sport that makes the school millions

  14. D3 college official here….ncaa and schools are so disorganized at this point i doubt there is any d3 games this season.

    Officials now need to be on site 4 hours before a game, drive separately…… total quagmire

  15. People are always ready to “lawyer up” and if something goes wrong they can blame others. These are voluntary workouts. I’ll be interested to see if when mandatory team practices start they are asked to sign a waiver then too.

  16. These workouts are “voluntary” in name only and everyone knows it. These players are being subject to significant risks so that the school can reap enormous profits from their toils. The voiceless get shafted by the powerful. Send the workers down into the coal mines. Rinse and repeat.

  17. Good one Dougman, after reading the depressing news, your comment made me laugh.

  18. thetooloftools says:
    June 15, 2020 at 8:58 am
    People are always ready to “lawyer up” and if something goes wrong they can blame others. These are voluntary workouts. I’ll be interested to see if when mandatory team practices start they are asked to sign a waiver then too.
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    So all of a sudden voluntary workouts actually mean voluntary? Because plenty of times in these comment sections when a player treats a voluntary workout like he has the option to not attend many commentors act like he just commited one of the biggest sin in team sports. I hope you weren’t one of those.

  19. It’s one thing for a professional football team to foist the risks of the virus onto players who are showing up and participating in workouts that lead to a football season entailing significant compensation.
    ——

    In most states, employees can’t waive their workers’ compensation rights without agreeing to some other remedy like arbitration. So for professional employees, these waivers are unenforceable. It’s too bad the college players don’t have the same argument.

  20. I had to sign alot of waivers to play football its pretty much a normal thing when playing contact sports. In fact being on the field is way more risky than covid.

  21. Division I teams make tons of money off these athletes yet apparrently don’t want to take care of them if they get sick playing for their team. It’s like the concussion thing — players will do anything to play and teams take unfair advantage.

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