Richard Sherman and other Bay Area football stars have taken to Twitter with #WeWantToPlay.
Richard Sherman has never been one to shy away from criticism of the NFL, much of it well-deserved. But on Sunday, Sherman was joined by a significant number of fellow players who equally voiced their concern with the league.
The concern stems from the NFL’s lack of a clear plan for the return of its players. Those who criticize the NFL believe that the league hasn’t taken the proper precautions for the start of training camp which is now fewer than 10 days away.
Sherman along with a host of other Bay Area athletes including George Kittle and Derek Carr (yes, we’re still counting him) took to Twitter on Sunday using #WeWantToPlay with each player sharing their thoughts on the current situation.
Here is what Sherman had to say about his concerns with the NFL.
"“The NFL has ignored the safety recommendations from the experts that THEY hired. We all love this game and want to go out and compete with our brothers. The NFL needs to provide a safe work environment for us to do that. #WeWantToPlay”"
The league announced a couple of days ago that players are set to report to training camp this Tuesday the 21st with quarterbacks and injured players following suit on Thursday the 23rd.
But for the vast majority of players, Tuesday the 28th is when they will report to camp to officially begin training camp. However, many players feel that the necessary precautions haven’t been taken and that the league is running out of time.
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Richard Sherman has a point, and the NFL and NFLPA don’t seem close to reaching a solution.
No matter who you side with, it’s clear that the many issues aren’t any closer to getting resolved today than they were months ago.
The NFLPA and NFL remain at odds over a variety of issues relating to the 2020 season. The NFLPA wants daily testing for COVID-19 while the NFL hasn’t agreed to such a proposal. The NFLPA wants zero preseason games while the NFL wants two.
Time is of the essence with players set to report in the next few days. But even after months of back and forth, no deal has been reached — and the two sides don’t appear rather close either.
Something is going to have to give or else football might not be able to take place in 2020.