Buffalo Bills star wide receiver Stefon Diggs took to Twitter Tuesday to express discomfort about the idea of playing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a series of tweets, Diggs shared his point of view about the coming season.
I love football… with all of me— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) July 7, 2020
But there’s so many unanswered questions with this upcoming season. I’d be lying if I said I was comfortable starting back up..— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) July 7, 2020
I’ve been training my butt off just trying to stay ready and prepared.— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) July 7, 2020
I’ve never played a game with zero fans in the stands. Even in little league we atleast had parents and other family members… this will be weird if it happens— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) July 7, 2020
Diggs isn’t the only prominent star who has expressed uncertainty and concern about trying to play this season.
Clearly, there is a growing sentiment of unease about trying to pull off the 2020 NFL season as the pandemic accelerates nationally and around the globe.
On Tuesday, NFLPA president J.C. Tretter issued a strongly worded statement in which he accused the NFL of not taking player health and safety seriously enough.
The NFLs unwillingness to follow the recommendations of its own experts will put this season and the safety of all players at risk. This year must look differently if we hope to play a full season and crown a Super Bowl Champion. Read: https://t.co/lp7vFYFFjN— JC Tretter (@JCTretter) July 7, 2020
The players have asked the league to abandon preseason games altogether as well, along with holding all team meetings virtually during training camp, which they have requested would last 48 days.
Additionally, the NFL reportedly has, among other ideas, thought about holding 35% of player salaries this coming season to offset revenue losses that are expected this season.
That idea went over about as well as you’d expect.
How did the NFLPA react to the NFL's proposal to escrow 35% of player salaries this season?— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 7, 2020
NFLPA executive Don Davis told players on a conference call: "Basically, we told them to kick rocks."
Union's stance is any escrow deal must be collectively bargained. https://t.co/b3c7ihAOiD
On top of all this, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is on record saying he thinks “all the players” will get sick to some degree this season playing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
With all of that going on, it’s not surprising that Diggs, and others, are wary.