AUBURN, Ala (WDHN) — In a tweet Thursday afternoon, Auburn Tiger’s linebacker, Chandler Wooten, posted a long explanation as to why he would not be playing football this season.
The two contributing factors are the social injustices taking place in the country as well as the concern of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Senior linebacker will be foregoing this season but will be taking this season as a redshirt year.
Wooten mentions that he will become a father in November and the safety of his family is his number one concern.
“As a soon to be father, my number one priority is the safety and well-being of my family. Unfortunately, playing this season was ultimately not a risk that I was willing to take,” Wooten said on his twitter page.
In 2019, the veteran linebacker recorded 27 tackles, four and a half of those coming for a loss.
Wooten said that the coaching staff and program fully support his decision and the toughest part not playing in 2020 will be not being able to be on the field with his teammates.
He becomes the first member of the Auburn Tiger football team to choose not to play this season.