“Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players challenging the NFL’s recently imposed anthem policy,” the NFLPA said in a 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.”
Earlier this year, the NFL’s announced that it will require players to stand for the national anthem if they are on the sidelines, but will allow players to wish to abstain to stay in the locker room while the anthem is played. Under this policy, teams get fined rather than players, but owners have the option to pass the fines along to players.