The NFL Players Association is filing a grievance against the NFL, challenging that the league's new national anthem policy "infringes on player rights."
The NFLPA announced this Tuesday morning, about six weeks after league owners informally voted to pass a policy that threatens fines for acts of protest on the sideline during the national anthem. Players have been invited to remain behind in the locker room as an alternative to taking action on the sideline.
"Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players challenging the NFL’s recently imposed anthem policy," the NFLPA wrote in its statement. "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.
"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."
League owners first discussed the policy during their meetings in March and passed it without a formal vote during May meetings. Players and their union didn't have a part of creating this policy.
Source: 670 The Score