- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 10, 2018

On Tuesday, the NFLPA finally struck back. 

The players union filed a non-injury grievance over the league’s new national anthem policy — almost two months after the NFL announced the change. 

On May 23, NFL owners approved to ban kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” giving players and team personnel the option of staying in the locker room instead. 

If protests now occur during the anthem, teams are subject to fines and players can receive additional punishment from commissioner Roger Goodell. 

At the time, the NFLPA blasted the decision, saying it was inconsistent with the league’s collective bargaining agreement. On Tuesday, the union followed through with an attempt to change it. 

“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.”

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