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Northwestern's Vitabile says union didn't make sense for team

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Northwestern players voted on whether or not to form a union Friday. While the results of the vote have not been officially publicized as of yet, judging by the comments made by co-captain Brandon Vitabile to ESPN, it's not hard to figure out what the results will be.

"I understand the assumption people make that all student-athletes are mistreated, but the majority of us realize we're not in that group," Vitabile told ESPN's Darren Rovell. "What me and a lot of our teammates discovered is that the change wouldn't happen here. It would happen on the broad landscape. So why would we sacrifice all the relationships we have here with the staff and the university that we love? A program and university that, as of a team, all of us have been given everything we were promised."

Vitabile also disagreed with the idea that Northwestern players were being brainwashed by the school against the idea of forming a union. He said that the idea just didn't make sense for the team.

"Before January, when this all started, we didn't hear of anyone on our team who asked for something and didn't get it," Vitabile said. "So I'm not sure why we needed to change anything.

"No coach or anyone from the school ever threatened us, and that whole idea that someone who voted pro-union wouldn't play or would get penalized in any way was total nonsense."

In order for Northwestern to unionize, 39 of the 76 players who voted Friday would have to vote in favor of doing so. Vitabile told ESPN he doesn't believe it will happen.

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