NFL Players Association Files Grievance Against the League
The NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that it has filed a grievance against the league "on behalf of all players" for unilaterally changing the NFL’s policy on the national anthem. "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," the group explained in a statement. At a meeting in late May, the 32 NFL owners voted to overhaul their protocol for what players must do during the anthem. In the past, players were required to be on the sideline during the anthem, but they were not required to stand. Most prominent among the kneeling players -- who are not protesting the flag or the anthem but trying to raise awareness to inequalities in the justice system -- is Colin Kaepernick, who has filed his own grievance accusing the NFL of colluding to keep him out of the league. The union said it offered to begin confidential discussions with the league before proceeding to potentially contentious and time-consuming litigation. The league agreed. If talks fail, the union will begin discovery and ultimately can present its case to an independent arbitrator. More here.