A group of Georgia football players took part in a quiet protest seeking NCAA reform during a game in September.
Now, some are expressing support today with news that Northwestern football players are asking to be represented by a labor union, according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
I like what the Northwestern players are doing!!!!
— Keith Marshall (@Truthh4) January 28, 2014
— John Theus (@jtheus71) January 28, 2014
Definitely joining the union
— brandon kublanow (@brandonkublanow) January 28, 2014
Props to Northwestern’s players, hope it works
— Kolton Houston (@KoltonHouston75) January 28, 2014
The National College Players Association took the step of filing a petition in Chicago to unionize. A Twitter account @CAPAssociation for The College Athletes Player Association is now up and running.
“Athletes deserve an equal voice when it comes to their physical, academic and financial protections,” Ramogi Huma, president of the NCPA, said on the Twitter account.
Some players from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Northwestern wore wristbands with APU—All Players United–written on it on Sept. 21.
Offensive lineman Kolton Houston and other offensive linemen wore wrist bands for Georgia’s game against North Texas.
Coach Mark Richt said days later that players concerns like more scholarship money and better health care for athletes seemed “pretty legitimate….Whatever they are trying to accomplish is being done in a respectful way, so that’s all I really know.”
Receiver Chris Conley, who serves on an NCAA student-athlete committee, said at the time: “We’ll have to see how some of these things play out over time. We will definitely be watching and it’s definitely going to be talked about.”