Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, others call out league for player safety
The disparity between the NFL and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) continues to widen as the season opener draws nearer. Multiple marquee players reacted with regards to the way the NFL is currently handling matters in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
We need Football! We need sports! We need hope! The NFL’s unwillingness to follow the recommendations of their own medical experts will prevent that. If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020. It’s that simple. Get it done @NFL
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) July 19, 2020
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson added his opinion as well about the NFL’s handling of the situation:
I am concerned.
My wife is pregnant.@NFL Training camp is about to start..
And there’s still No Clear Plan on Player Health & Family Safety. 🤷🏾
We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones. #WeWantToPlay
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) July 19, 2020
— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) July 19, 2020
It blows my mind that the NFL is unwilling to follow the recommendations of their own experts regarding player health and safety. If we want to have a FULL season this year we need the NFL to listen to their experts! #WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/q55RpqRzPu
— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) July 19, 2020
Saints wideout Michael Thomas also echoed the sentiments of his fellow NFL players:
If Adam Silver can respect the voices and protect his NBA players why can’t @NFLcommish do the same? Listen to your players.
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) July 19, 2020
Once again in the interest of keeping everyone (players & fans) as informed as possible, here is an updated list of what we as players know and don’t know as the first group gets set to report to training camp tomorrow.#WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/xQcjs33zgM
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 19, 2020
The matter is already considered serious when the league’s brightest stars have come together to speak the same language. There are still a lot of uncertainties with the safety protocols of the league as some players are set to return to the field for training camp tomorrow.
There also has been no revision in the scheduled dates, and the games will push through as planned. A full 16-game season is also expected to play out.
According to the New York Times, coronavirus cases in America have been spreading like wildfire with over 3.7 million positive cases and a death toll count of nearly 140,000 cases. A spike in these tallies will be expected once the NFL opens the season without setting definite safety protocols for the players and coaches to follow.
An exciting 2020 season is on the horizon, but the league might have to look into postponing the football festivities if it will do good for the best interest of everyone involved.