You will be totally surprised to learn that Larry Scott blew off the #WeAreUnited players in their meeting this week.
When a group of Pac-12 Conference players who are threatening to opt out of the football season met with Commissioner Larry Scott on Thursday night, they had two primary objectives: pushing for more-frequent coronavirus testing and protecting the eligibility and status of players who choose not to play for health reasons.
On both fronts, the players said, they made little progress.
They said Scott told them the conference was powerless to mandate uniform testing standards. They also described the commissioner as often condescending, unprepared and unwilling to meet with them again — telling them that subsequent discussions would be with the conference’s medical advisory board.
The players said Scott criticized their statement on The Players’ Tribune as a “misguided P.R. stunt.”
(Larry only respects guided PR stunts. But I digress.)
You should be equally surprised by this.
Valentino Daltoso, a senior offensive lineman at California, added: “It was not very productive. We did not come away with many answers. He made it very clear that he does not want to meet again.”
Seriously, what would be the point?
There was one revealing moment to emerge from the meeting:
The players also said they were rebuffed when Jevon Holland, a junior defensive back at the University of Oregon, asked near the end of the nearly 90-minute meeting if they could have lawyers present. When Scott equivocated, he was pressed by Holland for a yes or no answer. According to the players, Scott said lawyers could talk to lawyers but “this isn’t a negotiation, it’s a discussion.” Anderson — who formerly worked as an N.F.L. executive — informed the players that he was a labor lawyer and that they were not employees, a position the N.C.A.A. has long fought to assert.
And therein lies the rub, as this quote illustrates.
Gee, I’m beginning to suspect that the health and safety of college athletes isn’t the top priority of these people.