NFL Players’ Association Planning to Challenge New National Anthem Policy

(From UPI)

The NFLPA is seeking options to challenge the legality of the policy by retaining multiple law firms, Pro Football Talk reported Thursday, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.

NFL owners unanimously approved a new policy on May 23 that requires players and league personnel on the sidelines to stand for the national anthem but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they desire.

The policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other personnel do not show respect for the anthem. Those clubs will also have the option to fine any team personnel for the infraction.

The NFLPA immediately objected to the policy upon the announcement, arguing in a statement that “the NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new ‘policy.’”

The union warned at the time that it would “review the new ‘policy’ and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.”

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