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Social media reacts to Pac-12 players listing their demands in Players Tribune article

With the hastag #WeAreUnited, a group of Pac-12 players listed demands before reporting to camp or playing games

USC football practice at the University of Southern California on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)
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With the hashtag #WeAreUnited, a group of players from the Pac-12 football conference listed their demands in a letter published in the The Players’ Tribune explaining they will skip fall camp and games if their demands are not met, which call for safety regulations and concerns over racial justice, the reports says.

There was a lot of discussion on social media over their demands and concerns in the article, and what happens next is anyone’s guess.

The article listed several concerns, ending with the hastag #WeAreUnited for each one.

From the Players’ Tribune: Because we are being asked to play college sports in a pandemic in a system without enforced health and safety standards, and without transparency about COVID cases on our teams, the risks to ourselves, our families, and our communities, #WeAreUnited.

Some of the others statements included: “Because NCAA sports exploit college athletes physically, economically and academically, and also disproportionately harm Black college athletes, #WeAreUnited.”

And there was this: In rejecting the NCAA’s claim that #BlackLivesMatter while also systematically exploiting Black athletes nationwide, #WeAreUnited.

And this: Because we are prohibited from securing representation while being asked to sign documents that may serve as liability waivers, #WeAreUnited.

The Pac-12 Football Unity Demands listed four main issues of concerns, and described what each was asking for each, “To Protect and Benefit Both Scholarship and Walk-On Athletes,” the article stated, which are as follows:

I. Health & Safety ProtectionsII. Protect All SportsIII. End Racial Injustice in College Sports and SocietyIV. Economic Freedom and Equity

The Players’ Tribune Story was signed by Players of the Pac-12.