NEW YORK — The NFL Players Association filed a grievance with the league Tuesday challenging its national-anthem policy.
The union says that the new policy, which the league imposed without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on players’ rights. The filing met a statute-of-limitations deadline and will be heard by an independent arbitrator, an NFLPA spokesman said.
In May, the NFL approved its national-anthem policy at its owners’ meetings in Atlanta. The policy allows players to protest during the national anthem by staying in the locker room but forbids them from sitting or taking a knee if they’re on the field or the sideline.