NFLPA files challenge to league’s national anthem policy

The NFL Players Association filed a non-injury grievance Tuesday challenging the legitimacy of the NFL’s new national anthem policy on several grounds.
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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 NFLPA said in a statement.

The NFLPA is challenging the NFL’s new national anthem policy, saying players protesting during the anthem does not constitute detrimental conduct. AP Photo/Rick Scuteri
At NFL owners meetings in May, the league voted to approve a policy that requires players and team personnel on the sideline to stand during the national anthem. Players have the option to stay in the locker room while the anthem is played. The NFL wrote and ratified the policy without input from the players, as the game operations manual is not part of the collective bargaining agreement.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL wants to treat this moment in a respectful fashion. Should the league determine that a player is in violation of the new policy, the team will be fined. Teams can choose to fine players.

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Making his first start since being named to his first All-Star Game, Bauer only allowed three singles and didn’t surrender a hit until Jesse Winker’s one-out liner up the middle in the fifth.

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