Petition from Justin Fields calling on B1G to reverse course surpasses 250K signatures
The petition created by Justin Fields on Sunday asking the B1G to reconsider the football season for fall is still pretty popular.
Just one day after Fields launched the petition, it’s received more than 250,000 signatures. His goal is to get the B1G presidents and commissioner Kevin Warren to reconsider playing football in the fall, rather than delaying until spring.
The B1G was the first Power 5 conference to pull the plug on fall sports in 2020. The Pac-12 followed shortly after, while the ACC, Big 12 and SEC are still planning to move forward with a season at this time.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported on Sunday that the B1G is aware of Fields’ petition but did not wish to comment.
This cause is close to my heart – please sign: https://t.co/yFKlYE7pP0
— Justin Fields (@justnfields) August 16, 2020
The petition has been popular from the start. In under an hour, 20,000 individuals had already joined Fields in his fight. Twelve hours later, the petition was up to 150,000 signatures.
“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.”
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!”
It seems unlikely that the B1G will change its mind, but parents and players are putting a ton of pressure on the league, and its presidents, to reconsider the options.