Justin Fields' dad among many parents attempting to get B1G to overturn decision to cancel football
Last week, the Big Ten decided to postpone fall sports, including football, until at least the spring semester.
That decision has not been explained very well by commissioner Kevin Warren, and many fans, players and media members believe the decision was rushed.
Now, a group of B1G parents, including Ohio State QB Justin Fields’ dad, Pablo, are leading a charge to try to get the league to reverse its decision. Per Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger, that involves getting Big Ten schools to allow COVID-19 liability waivers.
Pablo Fields said there are risks involved in life and the players should be able to have the option to take them:
“I think they’re grown men and should be able to choose for themselves,” Fields said. “I was a young man, 22 years old, when I became a police officer. There were risks every day walking the beat, and I chose to take them. It’s certainly OK to right a wrong, and the Big Ten can do that.”
Other parents, including Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth’s and Illinois TE Luke Ford’s, are also joining the effort to return Big Ten football this fall.
Many other parents aren’t fighting the league’s decision, but it will be interesting to see if this group will be able to get the B1G to consider overturning its choice from last week.