Report: Colorado State players threatened with reduced playing time if they report COVID-19 symptoms
After Boston College fired Steve Addazio, a couple of former Eagle players aired their grievances against the coach, who served as a Florida assistant from 2005 to 2010.
Now entering his first year as Colorado State’s head coach, Addazio and his staff already find themselves mired in controversy.
Per an explosive report from the Coloradoan, players allege that Addazio’s coaching staff is telling players not to report COVID-19 symptoms and threatening them with reduced playing time:
CSU football players and university athletic department staff say coaches have told players not to report COVID-19 symptoms, threatened players with reduced playing time if they quarantine and claim CSU is altering contact tracing reports to keep players practicing.
And they say those actions by the athletic administration is putting their health at risk in return for monetary gain the school would receive if fall sports are played.
One player described a situation at practice where another player with symptoms wasn’t held out and wasn’t wearing a mask. The report goes on to say Addazio and his defensive coordinator rarely wear their masks:
“We had a player who definitely had coronavirus symptoms coughing at practice and he wasn’t wearing a mask and I was next to him, touching him and there was spit and sweat,” a player said. “I told him he needed to get tested but he really didn’t want to because then he would be out. The next day he is not at practice. (If he tested positive) he already had spread the virus. That’s why a lot of players don’t feel safe at football practice.”
Players and staff said Addazio, 61, and defensive coordinator Chuck Heater, 67, rarely wear their masks. They said that is dangerous to themselves because of their age and also sets a bad example for the rest of the team.
This is not a good look for Colorado State. The full report goes into detail about other sports, as well. Check it out here.