It looks like the NFL Union is not happy with the new rules applied to players who kneel during the national anthem.
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) May 23, 2018
As we previously reported, NFL owners came up with a new policy that would fine teams and league personnel who do not stand for the National Anthem. Commissioner Roger Goodell had noted that owners voted to fine teams if their players do not stand during the national anthem. However, players will be allowed to stay in the locker room if they choose not to stand. Players have always been required to be on the field for the anthem prior to this.
After this announcement was made, the NFL Players Association said that the union was not consulted about the new policy. The NFLPA responded in a statement that read,
The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new “policy.” NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.
The vote by club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principles, values and patriotism of our League.
Our union will review the new “policy” and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.
Take a look at players kneeling during the national anthem below.