COVID-19: the players of the NFL are mobilizing

COVID-19: les joueurs de la NFL se mobilisent

Several NFL players have led a concerted action on Twitter on Sunday to ask the circuit to follow the guidelines of the public health in view of the next season.

The quarter-back of renown Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson in particular have expressed their concerns using the hashtag #WeWantToPlay, a few days before the opening of training camps, on July 28.

“What you see today, these are our guys standing up for each other and for the work their union has done in order that everyone is safe,” responded the president of the players association, J. C. Tretter, also on Twitter.

Among the players concerned, Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, has expressed its concerns, as his wife is to give birth to a child soon. “I’m worried. My wife is pregnant. The camps are on the point of start. And there is no clear plan for the safety of the players and their families. We want to play football, but we also want to protect our families,” he wrote.

After difficult negotiations, the players association and the circuit did not come to an agreement on a protocol for health and safety for the coming season. Thus, the teams will host recruits on Tuesday. The quarter-back and the injured athletes will make their arrival two days later. Finally, the other players will have to join their team on 28 July.

As of the date of the 10 July, 72 NFL players had contracted the COVID-19.

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