The return of a 2020 college football season, as announced by the Pac-12 CEO Group has brought with it a realm of new troubles for the conference as over 400 players have apparently signed on to a petition that demands protections through playing a global pandemic. The #WeAreUnited mission from the Pac-12 Players states safety and health guidelines necessary before playing as well as other social causes and injustices served by collegiate athletes. A full run down is here.
Of course, when the world is changing for the better, the Stanford Cardinal athletes are sure to be involved. But how involved have the Stanford student-athletes been? Today, we track down all the sights of a Stanford athlete involved in the We Are United movement as we approach the opening of fall camps around the conference, currently scheduled for August 17.
For a refresher, the Pac-12 Players stand united and this was their message coinciding with the list of ‘demands’ for equality.
To ensure future generations of college athletes will be treated fairly, #WeAreUnited.
Because NCAA sports exploit college athletes physically, economically and academically, and also disproportionately harm Black college athletes, #WeAreUnited.
In rejecting the NCAA’s claim that #BlackLivesMatter while also systematically exploiting Black athletes nationwide, #WeAreUnited.
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.
Because we must have adequate COVID testing to help protect our health, #WeAreUnited.
Because we are prohibited from securing representation while being asked to sign documents that may serve as liability waivers, #WeAreUnited.
Because we should not be stuck with sports-related medical expenses, including COVID-19 related expenses, #WeAreUnited.
Because any player who does not feel comfortable playing this season should be free to opt out without losing their scholarship or any eligibility, #WeAreUnited.
Because immoral rules would punish us for receiving basic necessities or compensation for the use of our names, images and likenesses, while many of us and our families are suffering economically from the COVID-19 fallout, #WeAreUnited.
Because we should be included in equitably sharing the revenue our talents generate, especially in a pandemic, #WeAreUnited.
Because unjust rules prevent the 98% of college football and basketball players who won’t go pro from capitalizing economically on what would otherwise be the most valuable years of our lives, including many Black players from low-income homes, #WeAreUnited.
Because eliminating lavish salaries and facility expenditures to preserve all sports must be prioritized, #WeAreUnited.
Because the NCAA has failed us and we are prepared to ensure that our conference treats us fairly whether or not it continues its NCAA membership, #WeAreUnited.
In forming alliances with college athletes from other conferences to unite with us for change, #WeAreUnited.
#WeAreUnited in our commitment to secure fair treatment for college athletes. Due to COVID-19 and other serious concerns, we will opt-out of Pac-12 fall camp and game participation unless the following demands are guaranteed in writing by our conference to protect and benefit both scholarship athletes and walk-ons.