On Sunday night, Lawrence was among more than a dozen college football players from each of the Power 5 conferences who came together to issue a joint statement, which expressed their desire to play the 2020 season and included items they feel need to be addressed to ensure a safe and fair environment moving forward.
"The student-athletes have been working too hard for their season to be cancelled", Trump tweeted, with the hashtag #WeWantToPlay.
Lawrence's argument is that the risk of players contracting COVID-19 may actually increase if there is no season. "Players will all be sent home to their own communities where social distancing is highly unlikely and medical care and expenses will be placed on the families if they were to contract covid19".
Hello and welcome to the player empowerment days of college football. "They work their whole lives for this moment and he'd like to see [these athletes] live out their dreams", White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Monday. The biggest name in college football this season and the likely next first overall pick in the NFL Draft was among them.
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Lawrence and Fields were among those who tweeted a statement under the logo of the Power 5 conferences - the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12 - with the hashtags #WeAreUnited and #WeWantToPlay.
Among the demands. "Universal mandated health and safety procedures to protect college athletes against covid-19 among all conferences throughout the NCAA".
Of course, the desire of college football players to play isn't the most important factor here. It's the same group behind the organized Pac-12 and Big Ten players who had threatened to boycott the season if their demands, including increased COVID-19 safety measures, weren't met. "Without the season, as we've seen already people will not social distance or wear masks and take proper precautions".
Requests made by the Journal-World for a comment from KU Athletic Director Jeff Long on the likelihood of the season being played were declined. "No, we're not", he said. "The guidelines put into place keep us safe while playing the game we love".