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.
Sources: #UCLA will have Zoom meeting for players with coach Chip Kelly and incoming AD Martin Jarmond today. Players will not lose scholarships if they choose not to play. Also, UCLA is setting up anonymous hotline/link for athletes to report any problems around return to play.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) June 19, 2020
(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.”
Breaking: UCLA football players are demanding that a “third-party health official” be on hand for all football activities to see that protocols for COVID-19 are followed, saying they don’t trust coach Chip Kelly’s program to act in their best interest https://t.co/8fMfHRn1dj
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 19, 2020
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.