The NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that the organization filed a non-injury grievance against the NFL’s new national anthem policy.
In a statement released on twitter, the NFLPA said the NFL’s policy “infringes on player rights.”
The statement reads:
Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players challenging the NFL's recently imposed anthem policy. 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.
The NFL announced it would enact a new policy requiring players and personnel on the sideline to stand for the national anthem for the 2018 season, but allows them to remain in the locker room if they decline to stand.
Following the public relations disaster the NFL had over the issue last year, it's amazing the players union wants to bring the kneeling issue into overtime for another season.