NFL Players Association Sues NFL Over National Anthem Policy: ‘INFRINGES ON PLAYERS’ RIGHTS’
The firestorm over NFL players disrespecting our national anthem is not over yet.
Well, you had to know this was coming… The league finally put the safety on, yet they still find a way to shoot themselves in the foot.
It looks like we’ll be heading into the third year of double-digit viewership losses for the NFL. I’ll never turn on another NFL game the rest of my life. How about you?
JUST IN: NFLPA files grievance challenging NFL’s new 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.” pic.twitter.com/YJu7hbrUL9
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 10, 2018
On Tuesday, the NFL Players Association announced that it would file a grievance on behalf of kneeling players. The NFLPA stated:
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.
Now, why would it violate the collective bargaining agreement for the NFL to mandate that if players come onto the field during the national anthem, they must stand for the anthem? It doesn’t. NFL contracts include this provision:
He agrees to give his best efforts and loyalty to the Club, and to conduct himself on and off the field with appropriate recognition of the fact that the success of professional football depends largely on public respect for and approval of those associated with the game. More