Illinois WR calls for creation of 'NCAA Players Association'
An Illinois wide receiver has joined teammate Milo Eifler in speaking up for student-athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Josh Imatorbhebhe had an idea he wanted to share with the world on social media.
This week, Imatorbhebhe tweeted out that the there needs to be an “NCAA Players Association” to help represent student-athletes at the college level. His statement comes a few days after Eifler, a linebacker with the Illini, said that schools are showing a “blatant disregard for student-athletes” during this time.
“There needs to be an NCAA Players Association” Imatorbhebhe wrote on Twitter. “We have absolutely no representation when it comes to decision making.”
There needs to be an NCAA Players Association! We have absolutely no representation when it comes to decision making
— Josh Imatorbhebhe (@JoshBhebhe) July 4, 2020
Last month, several colleges opened their doors to student-athletes to allow voluntary workouts on campus. While it was initially thought to be a positive sign as the number of COVID-19 cases appeared to be drifting off, the recent spikes in positive tests in parts of the country has caused a resurgence in concern.
“I understand that people want to see us play this season but in reality how can a team full of 100+ student athletes fully function during a pandemic,” Eifler said on Twitter. “Trust, my teammates and I want to play. But schools around the country are showing blatant disregard for student athletes.
“For those college football players out there use your voice as a platform for change. The things we go through daily are never shown to the public this our chance to demand what’s right. A new way of thinking as opposed to just going through the motions.”
Because of outbreaks on campuses, some athletic departments have already halted voluntary workouts. While no decisions have been made regarding college football or fall sports, many contingency plans are still being considered.