Finally a voice of reason from within the players. Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian believes that the push to Unionize at Northwestern was wrong to do without approaching coaches and administrators first.
”I’m treated far better than I deserve here,” Siemian said. ”Introducing a third party or somebody else, especially when our main goals when this began … there were issues with the NCAA that we thought we could address, and (unionizing) was one of the ways to do it. Nothing had been exhausted from within the school. Myself included, nobody ever addressed Fitz or Dr. Phillips about these issues.
”Two of these guys that all of us have come here and trusted so much – I’ve known coach Fitz five or six years now – to say I don’t trust you enough to help us out addressing these changes isn’t the right way to go.”
The National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern players CAN form a Union, but the players have yet to formally do so and will vote on whether or not to form later this month. Siemian said he would vote “no”.
”I can only speak for myself,” he said. ”I’ll say there’s a significant number of guys on the team who feel the same as me.”
While in some aspects the idea of a union for players sounds good, it will open a door to more problems than good. Kids go to school to be students first and foremost. If those students find they don’t have time to get their school work done or eat, as Shabazz Napier suggests he can’t do because he has no money (I don’t believe him for one second), then maybe they have chosen the wrong career. If you want to be employees and have bargaining rights, get ready to be treated like employees. You can be fired, locked out, suspended without pay…should I continue?
Siemian has his head in the right place. While football players do need better long term health coverage and should be paid the same amount as any other student worker would be, they do not deserve preferential treatment over any other athlete. Enjoy the fun that comes with Title IX.
You don’t have to agree with me, and I don’t expect everyone to. You’re all entitled to your own opinions, but do understand that not everyone agrees with student athletes forming unions and that’s their right.