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Ex-Illini Cvijanovic keeps tweeting, compares Beckman to Kim Jong-un

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Ex-Illini Cvijanovic keeps tweeting, compares Beckman to Kim Jong-un

A day after he made headlines for taking to Twitter and blasting Tim Beckman and the Illinois football program for abuse, mistreatment and a litany of other things, former Illini offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic continued his social-media output on Monday.

Sunday, Cvijanovic sent out dozens of tweets accusing Beckman of making players play hurt, lying about injuries and bullying players, as well as slamming the program, the athletics department, the university and the NCAA for not allowing student athletes to speak up. The tweets received tons of attention Sunday night, with many considering this the latest step in the movement for increased representation and better treatment for college athletes. Cvijanovic experienced positive and negative reaction from former teammates, as well.

[MORE BIG TEN: Ex-Illini OL Simon Cvijanovic blasts Tim Beckman on Twitter]

Monday, Cvijanovic's tweets continued, and though he continued to assert he was expressing his voice and standing up for others, it was hard to get past the tweet he sent out and then quickly deleted comparing Beckman to North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

Someone called him out on it, and Cvijanovic responded with this tweet:

[MORE BIG TEN: In report, ex-Illini Cvijanovic details Beckman accusations]

That strange attack aside, however, Cvijanovic did continue to assert that Beckman has abused and mistreated former and current players. He also brought up the topic of unionization multiple times. Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter attempted to start a union for Northwestern football players last year, though that movement fizzled out when the majority of Northwestern players voted against it.

Here's a look at some of Cvijanovic's tweets from Monday:

 

Big Ten officially postpones 2020 college football, other fall sports

Big Ten officially postpones 2020 college football, other fall sports

The Big Ten has officially postponed all fall sports, including football, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The conference announced the decision in a statement on Tuesday, but left the door open for the fall sports to be played next spring.

“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff,” said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President.

“The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward,” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. “As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.
 
“We know how significant the student-athlete experience can be in shaping the future of the talented young women and men who compete in the Big Ten Conference. Although that knowledge made this a painstaking decision, it did not make it difficult. While I know our decision today will be disappointing in many ways for our thousands of student-athletes and their families, I am heartened and inspired by their resilience, their insightful and discerning thoughts, and their participation through our conversations to this point. Everyone associated with the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions is committed to getting everyone back to competition as soon as it is safe to do so.”

In addition to football, cross country, field hockey, soccer and women’s volleyball seasons were postponed.

“The Big Ten Conference will continue to evaluate a number of options regarding these sports, including the possibility of competition in the spring,” the conference said in the statement. “Decisions regarding winter and spring sports will also continue to be evaluated.”


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Reports: 2020 Big Ten football season in jeopardy due to COVID-19

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Reports: 2020 Big Ten football season in jeopardy due to COVID-19

There may be no college football for Big Ten schools this fall.

According to several reports, the Big Ten school presidents voted 12-2 on Sunday to not play football this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Dan Patrick, the two schools in favor of playing were Iowa and Nebraska. There are conflicting reports on whether the season will be postponed or canceled, but Dan Patrick says the official news will be released tomorrow.

On his show, Patrick said he followed up with his source, who said, “Three Big Ten teams that I’ve spoken with said, ‘It’s done.’”

In response, more reports have come out saying the SEC has gathered for a previously unscheduled meeting on Monday morning.

According to Patrick’s report, the SEC is trying to delay and see if either the ACC or Big 12 will join them in playing this fall.

The MAC conference decided to cancel it’s football season on Aug. 8.

In addition, on Aug. 5 a coalition of Big Ten players published a Players’ Tribune article asking for a comprehensive plan to keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic if the league was to go forward with the season.

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