NFL Players Union Files Grievance Challenging League’s Anthem Policy

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Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers leads the team in a "call to attention" during the anthem, prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

Reprinted from The Huffington Post by Travis Waldron on July 10, 2018.

The NFL Players Association filed an official grievance against the NFL on Tuesday, challenging the league’s new policy that requires players on the field to stand during the playing of the national anthem.

The players union announced the challenge on Twitter, with a statement that said the new policy is “inconsistent” with the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement and “infringes on player rights.”

NFL owners approved the new policy, which requires players to stand for the anthem if they are on the field or to remain in the locker room while it is played, in May. The move came after months of criticism from President Donald Trump and fans who were angry that players had kneeled and demonstrated in other ways during the song to protest racial inequality in the United States. …

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