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Utah Football Players Tweet Support For Demands For Pac-12 Conference

Aug 2, 2020, 2:51 PM | Updated: Aug 3, 2020, 1:43 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Members of the Utah football team tweeted their support for the #WeAreUnited demands that the Pac-12 student-athletes revealed for the conference in a story posted by The Players’ Tribune.

Some players posted messages with the #WeAreUnited graphics while others tweeted the graphics with the hashtag.

The message that was on the #WeAreUnited tweets said the following:

“To ensure future generations of college athletes will be treated fairly, #WeAreUnited.

“Because NCAA sports exploits college athletes physically, economically, and academically, and also disproportionately harm Black college athletes, #WeAreUnited.

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KSL Sports' Utes Insider Trevor Allen and Columnist, Sirius XM Pac-12 host Sean O'Connell talk about the movement and change that Pac-12 student-athletes are going for with a list of demands.

Posted by KSL Sports on Sunday, August 2, 2020

“In rejecting the NCAA’s claim that #BlackLivesMatter while also systemically exploiting Black athletes nationwide, #WeAreUnited.

“Because we are being asked to play college sports in a pandemic in a system 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.”

For the full list of the demands from the student-athletes, click here.

Utah Football Players Tweeting Support

Jake Bentley, Quarterback

Cameron Rising, Quarterback

T.J. Green, Running Back

Micah Bernard, Running Back

Solomon Enis, Wide Receiver

Nick Ford, Offensive Lineman

Ford tweeted a message with his #WeAreUnited tweet.

“Waking up to the #WeAreUnited fills me with happiness and disappointment. Happiness because I agree with many points in the fight for our safety and rights. Happiness to see how much support we have. Disappointment to see how much negativity is being brought to the table. It brings me sadness and is very disheartening to see these negative comments. Would anyone of you like to be talked about as an entitled piece of entertainment when standing up for the safety and health of your teammates, coaches, family, community, and let alone humanity? The amount of responses degrading the movement shows that a lot of people just think of us as entertainment on a Saturday for a couple hours. With everything that is going on in today’s society why must we produce hatred? Why not see the light at the end of the tunnel? I just want safety for me, my brothers, my brothers on other teams (yes we don’t all hate each other 24/7) and coaches alike. We are not just a football team and entertainment. In all respect.”

Bamidele Olaseni, Offensive lineman

Luke Felix-Fualalo, Offensive Lineman

 

Mufi Hill-Hunt, Defensive Tackle

Semisi Lauaki, Defensive Lineman

Devin Lloyd, Linebacker

Nephi Sewell, Linebacker

Aaron Lowe, Defensive Back

Clark Phillips III, Cornerback

Bronson Boyd, Cornerback

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.

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