Dabo Swinney doesn’t understand Trevor Lawrence’s vision for players association

first_imgHe went on to explain that there are already some programs in place, such as SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committees). And that’s a nice start, but what Lawrence wants to start is much different. And it doesn’t appear as if Swinney fully understands that.MORE: Is college football canceled for 2020?As he continued his answer, Swinney hinted at his anti-union stance.”I think it would be great to have a players association, that’s different from a union, I’ll say that,” Swinney said with a smile.Swinney being anti-union is nothing new.Back in 2014 when Northwestern football players tried to unionize, Swinney was openly against it. He was quoted a few times on the subject and in two separate interviews said, “there’s enough entitlement in this world as it is” and, “we’ve got enough entitlement in this country as it is.” So how can Swinney be “absolutely” for a players association and against unions? Well, he can’t. Because the type of players association Lawrence is asking for would absolutely be a union. The NFLPA, NBPA, NHLPA and similar entities are all considered unions.Just read the definition of a union from UnionPlus.org:A labor union or trade union is an organized group of workers who unite to make decisions about conditions affecting their work. Labor unions strive to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation. That’s essentially what Lawrence and others envision. The only difference is that Swinney apparently wouldn’t see them as workers. But as Northwestern’s Kain Colter argued in a federal courtroom about playing college football: “It’s a job. There’s no way around it — it’s a job.” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the movement started by his quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, and provided an odd answer.In a statement Lawrence tweeted out, he called for the support to “ultimately create a college football players association.” During a Zoom conference call with reporters Monday, Swinney was asked directly, “Would you supportive of a potential players association?” The Tigers coach responded, “Absolutely.”last_img

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