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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he has yet to talk to his players about the “All Players United” protest that players on three teams initiated last week in support of more financial assistant for players.
“We are going to talk about that. That was on my notes to talk about here before this game, and we will address it and we will talk about it as a team. Right now, I’m going to basically take the stance that I’m going to address it with our unity council, with our people and the leaders or our team, and if they’re all in favor of it 100 percent, then maybe we’ll do something. If not, then I prefer not to, not to let individual players express that. I’d rather do it as a team,” Stoops said Wednesday during the SEC teleconference.
Stoops is not against players getting money for the way schools use their likeness to generate revenue.
“Of course I would be in favor of giving the players money. I think it’s a very complex issue. I think it’s a lot harder to do than just say, ‘Do that,’ with the amateurism and the whole deal. Of course I’d like to give them money, but I know it really doesn’t matter what I think,” Stoops said. “And I think there’s a lot of issues involved in getting that done. So I think people that act like it’s no big deal and act like it’s just as easy as giving them some money I think are living in a different world. It’s not that easy.”