30 UCLA Football Players Don’t Trust Chip Kelly, Say UCLA has ‘Perpetually Failed Us’ in Regards to Health

(UPDATE 2:11 p.m.): ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reports a Zoom meeting for players with both Chip Kelly and incoming AD Martin Jarmond.

(ORIGINAL STORY 2:00 p.m.): To say things are not going well for Chip Kelly at UCLA is quite an understatement.

On the field, Kelly is 7-17 with the Bruins, and now 30 of his players reportedly say they don’t trust him to “act in their best interest.”

The LA Times reports during a virtual meeting last night the players voiced their support behind a document that “they believe will protect them in their upcoming return to campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

UCLA’s players list of demands include: a “third-party health official” be present at all football activities to ensure that protocols for COVID-19 prevention are followed; anonymous whistleblower protections be provided for athletes and staff to report violations; and each player can make a decision about whether to come back to Westwood without fear of losing his scholarship or other retaliation.

The full letter can be found here.

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