The Los Angeles Times is reporting that UCLA football players held a team meeting last night, and that after it 30 of them supported a document that requests a third party health official to oversee COVID-19 prevention protocols because they do not trust the program to be administered by Chip Kelly. Via the story:
The document, reviewed by the Los Angeles Times late Thursday, asserts that players do not trust coach Chip Kelly’s program to act in their best interest, particularly in regard to their health, a realm where it says UCLA has “perpetually failed us,” citing “neglected and mismanaged injury cases.” The document does not provide examples.
The story continued with a threat to boycott essentially all ancillary program activities if their demands are not met:
“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 LAT story also includes more background on how the meeting came together, a statement in response from UCLA said: “There aren’t sides on this. It’s not our side versus their side. We’re all working toward the same goal, and we want them to feel comfortable and confident in the plan that we’ve put into place.”
It will merit monitoring to see if this is going to be an issue across college football, or one that is more unique to the fact that mistrust of Chip Kelly has been a motif amongst players for years across multiple jobs.