NFLPA has filed a grievance challenging the new NFL anthem policy, claiming it ‘infringes on player rights’.
The NFL Players’ Association has announced that it has filed a grievance on behalf of the players that will challenge the NFL’s polarizing national anthem policy, which was revealed in May.
“The union’s claim is that this new policy, imposed by the NFL‘s governing body without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights,” the NFLPA released in a statement. “In advance of our filing today, we proposed to the NFL to begin confidential discussions with the NFLPA Executive Committee to find a solution to this issue instead of immediately proceeding with litigation. The NFL has agreed to proceed with those discussions and we look forward to starting them soon.”
The players union also mentioned similar points.
The primary issues — on May 23, NFL owners passed a “compromise” that will allow players to remain in the locker room during the national anthem if they choose to. However, those who remain on the sidelines will be required to stand and “respect the flag”. An individual’s team will be fined for any actions determined to be disrespectful.