A Florida State wide receiver blasted the football program for reportedly lying to him about coronavirus exposure.
Warren Thompson, a sophomore, slammed the program in an Instagram post after another wide receiver tested positive for COVID-19.
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Being a Student Athlete is difficult during this time and the proper leadership regarding these problems does not exist. During this entire week of camp I have been lied to multiple times about the conditions of other players health as well as mine. It has been shown to myself and the rest, that our leadership is based off an “I” mentality with them only worried about their own future rather than their own athletes. I have been ridiculed about speaking up regarding this issue and it needs to be addressed for myself to safely continue the season. I myself am an introvert meaning my days go from being at the football facilities and back home day by day. I have done my best to take the proper precautions for myself and my teammates, to try and ensure a healthy environment during these radical times. I want to play for Florida State University and have a great season for myself and our supporters. The lies from our leaders have backed myself into corner putting my overall well being in jeopardy. The neglect to respond to this issue is very concerning and why I’ve drown attention to it. I’ve put 1000% into this team and my own craft. I’ve got to much to prove to the world and this problem is growing greater potentially preventing that from happening because I’ve spoken up! -Warren J
Thompson says he was lied to about conditions of other players as well as his current health situation. He also says the program cares more about its future than the current athletes.
FSU wide receiver D.J. Matthews confirmed on social media that he tested positive for the virus. Matthews is the second Florida State player to confirm a COVID-19 case, with lineman Andrew Boselli testing positive in March.
Florida State has not given out any information on how many players have tested positive since the pandemic began. With the surge of coronavirus cases in Florida, it wouldn't be surprising to hear that more players have tested positive over the past few months.
While some conferences already have canceled or postponed their fall sports seasons, including the Big Ten and Pac-12, the ACC released a statement saying football will be played this fall, which means FSU would be able to compete despite COVID-19 concerns.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, alongside FSU, vowed to play football in 2020, saying it would be detrimental to the athletes to not play. DeSantis also endorsed various health measures put in place by FSU on Wednesday, which include temperature checks, social distancing in team meetings and masks in social settings.
FSU will kick off the 2020 season against Georgia Tech on Sept. 12. The team has key matchups against Notre Dame on Oct. 10 and Clemson on Nov. 21.