Leslie Smith Comments on UFC’s Possible USADA Tracking App for Athletes

Leslie Smith Comments on UFC’s Possible USADA Tracking App for Athletes.

Earlier this month, UFC fighters got a curious survey sent to them about the future of USADA and how the organization…

“WHAT’S YOUR RESPONSE IF YOUR JOB SAID THEY WERE GOING TO TRACK YOU 24/7 WITH YOUR PHONE? SAME AS MINE? IN MY JOURNEY TO EDUCATE AND ADVOCATE FOR THE UFC FIGHTER’S UNION I HEAR SOME ARGUMENTS FOR KEEPING THE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR STATUS. I WOULD RATHER BE AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR WITH NO BOSS EXCEPT FOR MYSELF IF IT WAS POSSIBLE BUT RIGHT NOW IT’S THE PITS OF THEM BOTH – WE DON’T GET BENEFITS OR FEDERAL PROTECTION AS EMPLOYEES BECAUSE WE ARE ICS BUT WE’RE TREATED AS EMPLOYEES BY BEING REGULATED IN OUR UNIFORMS, NOT ALLOWED TO SEEK OUT OTHER CONTRACTS FOR OUR FIGHTING SKILL SET AND UNDER SUPERVISION AT ALL TIMES THROUGH THE USADA PROGRAM. AND NOW THEY WANT TO MAKE THE USADA PROGRAM INTO THE TYPE OF TRACKER APP A PARENT GETS FOR THEIR 10 YEAR OLD.”

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