The LSU Tigers lost a talented receiver on Sunday when it was reported that star WR and reigning Biletnikoff Award winner Ja’Marr Chase was opting out of the 2020 season.

Chase took to social media to explain his decision, but on Monday evening, his father also spoke to reporters.

Per LSU insider Jacques Doucet, Jimmy Chase said his son would likely still be playing if the Tigers were gearing up for Week 1 this Saturday:

Instead, with the pandemic and other social injustice issues going on, Chase said his son decided to opt out of the season.

Now Ja’Marr, a potential top-10 draft pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, will focus on preparing for the professional ranks. We’ll see how the Tigers fare without him this fall.