Thirty UCLA players ask for third-party oversight of COVID-19 protocols

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Multiple NFL coaches have wondered aloud about how teams are going to conduct training camp while maintaining league-mandated guidelines for combating the spread of COVID-19 and there are also questions about how oversight to assure that teams are following those guidelines will work.

Some members of the UCLA football team have aired their concerns about head coach Chip Kelly and his staff following those guidelines. J. Brady McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that 30 players on the team have submitted a document asking for a “third-party health official” to oversee compliance when voluntary workouts start on Monday.

The document, which cites “neglected and mismanaged injury cases” in the past, also asks for whistleblower protections for anyone reporting violations and no retaliation from the university should a player choose not to return.

“These demands reflect our call for an environment in which we do not feel pressured to return to competition, and if we choose not to return, that our decision will be respected,” the document reads. “If our demands are not met, we will refrain from booster events, recruiting events and all football-related promotional activities. The decision to return to training amidst a global pandemic has put us, the student-athletes, on the frontlines of a battle that we as a nation have not yet been able to win. We feel that as some of the first members of the community to attempt a return to normalcy, we must have assurances that allow us to make informed decisions and be protected regardless of our decision.”

UCLA’s senior associate athletic director Matt Elliott said that the school will guarantee fall sport athletes’ aid through the coming season, but there are no guarantees being made about scholarships beyond that point.

6 responses to “Thirty UCLA players ask for third-party oversight of COVID-19 protocols

  1. College Campus are going to be hot beds for Covid 19. You can not tell the kids anything( Yes , we were the same way at that age….LOL) By September they will all be back at home taking classes on line. Shut downs will begin and sports cancelled…..and that SUCKS.

  2. Gotta say. I’ve been working in a repair shop dubbed ESSENTIAL. Have not missed a day. If I would have come forward with my fears to my employer, that I might not show up, I would have been fired, or go home with no pay. So, I feel these athletes fear. So, you have two choices, protect your income, or protect your health. Stay home. This is what all Americans are dealing with right now.

  3. @vottorific You should follow the example of these players and get 29 of your friends and make demands as a group. This is awesome good for these guys.

  4. vottorific says:
    June 19, 2020 at 6:10 pm
    Gotta say. I’ve been working in a repair shop dubbed ESSENTIAL. Have not missed a day. If I would have come forward with my fears to my employer, that I might not show up, I would have been fired, or go home with no pay. So, I feel these athletes fear. So, you have two choices, protect your income, or protect your health. Stay home. This is what all Americans are dealing with right now.
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    True but the NCAA says they are student/athletes and tries to emphasize the student part. They should not be forced to assume risks that the rest of the student body doesn’t have to.

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