Justin Fields creates petition urging commissioner, presidents to reverse course on fall season
The student-athletes in the B1G are getting louder.
Less than a week after the conference became the first Power 5 league to announce that it was pulling the plug on fall sports in 2020, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has developed a petition calling for the decision to be reversed. This is the latest in the #WeWantToPlay movement that began last weekend.
Fields was one of many football student-athletes in the B1G to share the petition on social media.
“We, the football players of the Big Ten, together with the fans and supporters of college football, request that the Big Ten Conference immediately reinstate the 2020 football season,” the petition states. “Allow Big Ten players/teams to make their own choice as to whether they wish to play or opt out this fall season. Allow Big Ten players/teams who choose to opt out of playing a fall season to do so without penalty or repercussion.”
This cause is close to my heart – please sign: https://t.co/yFKlYE7pP0
— Justin Fields (@justnfields) August 16, 2020
Players and parents have recently spoken out against the decision from B1G commissioner Kevin Warren and the conference’s presidents, who voted against playing this fall. Parent groups from Iowa, Ohio State, Nebraska and Penn State have recently sent letters to the conference, asking for an explanation.
“We want to play. We believe that safety protocols have been established and can be maintained to mitigate concerns of exposure to Covid-19,” the petition continues. “We believe that we should have the right to make decisions about what is best for our health and our future. Don’t let our hard work and sacrifice be in van. #LetUsPlay!”
Is there a chance the B1G reverses course? While it seems unlikely, parents and players are putting a ton of pressure on the league, and its presidents, to reconsider the options.