Bears TE Greg Olsen locked out of high school field too
The NFL lockout has extended to high school fields for at least one player.
Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen got the boot when he went to Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., to work out on one of the fields.
“The other day I got kicked off a high school field trying to go out and do some field work, so it's not easy,” Olsen told “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “You have to find your spots and find someone that will let you use their field.
“(Players) already have done some research on some different places, and maybe as it gets a little closer (to training camp) if it looks like that's what we're going to have to do not being able to go over to Halas (Hall), then we'll have to continue to look at different opportunities.”
So he got booted from the high school field?
“I live right down the street from Stevenson,” Olsen said. “The other day I went out there, done it a bunch of times, and all of a sudden they kicked me off. I tried calling everyone over there to see if I could, and no one would call me back.”
A spokesman for the school said Olsen showed up during the school day to work out and that he came unannounced. It’s understandable that the school doesn’t want citizens using the practice fields or facilities on the grounds while school is in session. It could be distracting and classes could need the fields. Liability issues come into play too.
“If he wants to give us a call and work something out, we'll see if we can accommodate him," Jim Conrey told ESPN Chicago. “We understand he's in a tough situation with the lockout. We can't have the general public showing up and disrupting classes. Mr. Olsen said he was a resident of our district, and I'll have him on his word.”
For the time being, sounds like Olsen needs to find some other place to work out outdoors.
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