Florida State receiver Warren Thompson on Thursday publicly accused school officials of lying about the health of Seminoles players and ridiculing him for speaking up about safety concerns during the coronavirus pandemic.
"It has been shown to myself and the rest, that our leadership is based off an 'I' mentality with them only worried about their own future rather than their own athletes," Thompson said in an open letter to the "Seminole Family" on his Twitter page. He also posted to Instagram.
"... The lies from our leaders have backed myself into (a) corner putting my overall well being in jeopardy. The neglect to respond to this issue is very concerning and why I've (drawn) attention to it."
Thompson, a redshirt sophomore from Seffner, Fla., said he had been lied to "multiple times" about the conditions of other players' health, and his own. He said he was "ridiculed" for his concerns.
Citing privacy laws, Florida State has not released specific numbers about how many players have tested positive for the coronavirus.
On Wednesday night, senior wideout D.J. Matthews tweeted, and later deleted, that he had tested positive. Matthews and FSU star receiver Tamorrion Terry both retweeted Thompson's message, adding exclamation points.
First-year Seminoles coach Mike Norvell told reporters during a regularly scheduled Zoom session Thursday he was disappointed by Matthews' remarks.
"It's obviously disappointing to see what was said," Norvell said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "We've been very open and transparent throughout this process."
At least two Florida State players -- junior defensive back Asante Samuel Jr. and senior defensive tackle Marvin Wilson -- defended the program on social media on Thursday.
"I feel safe coming to practice everyday because of the protocols FSU has in place !!!" Samuel tweeted.
"I feel safe with what @FSUFootball is doing for us through this pandemic and keeping us safe," Wilson posted on Twitter. "Let's play some football."
Florida State is scheduled to kick off the ACC season on Sept. 12 against Georgia Tech in Tallahassee.
--Field Level Media