Well, you knew that was coming…
Via Daily Wire:
On Tuesday, the NFL Players Association announced that it would file a grievance on behalf of kneeling players. The NFLPA stated:
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.
Now, why would it violate the collective bargaining agreement for the NFL to mandate that if players come onto the field during the national anthem, they must stand for the anthem? It doesn’t. NFL contracts include this provision: