A text message circulating among Pac-12 football players is encouraging them to opt-out of practices and games until they can negotiate protections and benefits related to health and safety, economic rights and the fight against racial injustice.
ESPN first reported the possible movement among players at multiple Pac-12 schools and The Athletic published the text invitation. The text says a public announcement, along with a list of demands, will be published Monday through The Players Tribune and social media platforms.
“Our goals is obtain a written contract with the Pac-12 that legally ensures we are offered the following protections and benefits." I
— Ensure safe play during COVID-19
— Fight racial injustice
— Secure economic rights and fair compensation
— Protect all sports