Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Catches Backlash for Exercises

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Russell Wilson has acquired criticism for internet hosting exercises throughout COVID-19.

Russell Wilson is understood for placing in work within the offseason and sometimes hosts his Seattle Seahawks teammates in Southern California earlier than coaching camp begins. Wilson posted a video of himself training with DK Metcalf at an undisclosed location and the NFL Gamers Affiliation will not be glad.

Wilson carried out his exercise plans regardless of the NFLPA issuing a press release strongly advising gamers to stop particular person exercises as COVID-19 continues to spike in lots of states throughout the nation. The NFLPA assertion got here after a number of gamers examined constructive for the coronavirus. NFLPA Government Director DeMaurice Smith was requested about Wilson and others gamers together with Tom Brady persevering with to host exercises with teammates.

“These practices are usually not in the very best curiosity of participant security,” Smith instructed USA As we speak. “They’re not in the very best curiosity of defending our gamers heading into coaching camp. And I don’t suppose they’re in the very best curiosity of us getting by means of a whole season. I actually perceive how aggressive our gamers are and I get that.”

Smith admitted there’s a enterprise side to the exercises in addition to the NFLPA tries to guard gamers for the upcoming season. The NFLPA is negotiating with the league in regards to the COVID-19 protocols.

“However on the similar time, we’re within the technique of making an attempt to barter,” Smith continued. “We now have to barter with the league about what occurs to a participant in the event that they check constructive in the course of the season. Does that participant go on injured reserve? Do they go on short-term IR? If you happen to check constructive for the virus after coaching camp, is {that a} work-related harm?”


Wilson & Brady Have Probably Heard From the NFLPA About Their Current Exercises

Smith implied that gamers who’ve been posting movies of their exercises have been contacted by the NFL. It’s unclear if Wilson has continued understanding with teammates.

“…The entire issues that gamers might wish to do in the course of the offseason have a direct influence on how effectively we will negotiate protections for them as soon as the season begins,” Smith added. “We despatched out the steering as a result of we predict that was of their greatest well being and security pursuits. Let’s simply say that for a number of the gamers who’ve practiced, we’ve made positive they’ve heard the message.”

Brady appears to have heard a number of the criticism from across the nation, however the brand new Buccaneers quarterback had a delicate message for these towards the exercises. Brady added a quote on Instagram from former president Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“Solely factor we now have to concern, is concern itself,” Brady posted the quote.


Wilson Hosted His Seahawks Teammates at His San Diego House in 2019

Wilson’s annual exercises have typically occurred within the Los Angeles space however final offseason they’d a change of location because the Seahawks quarterback invited a few of his teammates to his San Diego residence. Wilson has not publicized whether or not he invited a gaggle of Seahawks to his California residence this offseason given the pandemic. The quarterback instructed ESPN that the exercises are as a lot about constructing relationships as it’s bettering on the soccer subject.

“I might say the one factor that I don’t suppose, for me, that I’ve had sufficient time to do in my world or haven’t actually centered on as a lot is this sort of relationship a part of it,” Wilson stated. “So that is my problem to myself, too, as effectively, to proceed to be taught you guys on a private stage, your worlds and every thing else.”

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