Football players demonstrate disgust towards CIAC

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Abigail Nevin ’23

In early September, it was announced by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) that it is unsafe for the fall high school football season to take place this year. In response, many infuriated players and coaches, created a hashtag called “Let Us Play.” Supporters for the continuation of the season use this hashtag in protest of the CIAC’s decision.

I view the #Letusplay movement as a selfish way for high school football teams in Connecticut to get what they want. Furthermore, I think this movement is unnecessary, as we are still in the midst of a global pandemic that cannot be put on hold for the high school teams’ desire to play. 

But the hashtag was not the only objectionable action taken by disgruntled players and fans. They also organized petitions garnering thousands of signatures and held a rally in West Hartford.  

This rally undermined the true severity of the pandemic because the players and their families, though wearing masks, were not at all socially distant. The attendance to the rally also well exceeded the state restriction for 100 people.

The blatant disregard for safety procedures was both unethical and ignorant. There are much bigger problems in the world that we, as a community, should focus on. Continuously complaining about the state’s decision is disrespectful towards the millions of people worldwide who have been impacted by the coronavirus. 

What we must do instead is focus on the health of the community, so there can be a season next year.  In order to preserve future seasons of sports, we  should continue to socially distance ourselves, and follow Governor Lamont’s rules and regulations. 

 As a dedicated athlete myself, I do hold empathy for the football teams across Connecticut. Nevertheless, as of right now,  the best option is for football players to put aside their personal opinions and feelings, and focus on the safety of their communities.