Kain Colter compares NU football training to Navy SEALs
By SETH GRUEN Staff Reporter February 18, 2014 11:56AM
College Athletes Players Association designated president Ramogi Huma, right, and Northwestern University Wildcats' outgoing senior quarterback Kain Colter make their way to the beginning of three days of hearings before the National Labor Relations Board Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Chicago. The NLRB is scheduled to begin witness testimony on whether to approve a bid by Northwestern University football players who are trying to unionize. Colter is among the key witnesses in the case. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Updated: February 18, 2014 11:58AM
The Northwestern football players hearing with the National Labor Relations Board in an attempt to unionize continued on Tuesday and former Kain Colter began his testimony.
While Colter’s testimony initially appeared to bolster the argument of the players, a comparison made between the Northwestern football team and Navy SEALs readying for operations in Iraq will likely draw backlash.
When asked by petitioning council about the preparation for a college football game, Colter likened it to military personnel preparing for operation in Iraq. Though he did go on to explain that Northwestern’s football players are also preparing for their “operations,” the comparison appeared insensitive to those who actually prepare for warfare.
On the most technical level of comparison of the two circumstances, military personnel need to be ready at a moment’s notice while all football activity is scheduled for Northwestern.
More obviously, military personnel risk their lives when going to war while football players do not.