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.

The NFLPA’s grievance argues that a peaceful demonstration during the national anthem does not qualify as “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the .” Since the NFL changed the policy without negotiating with the union, the league will need to rely on the broad powers afforded the commissioner through the personal conduct policy, including applying the phrase “conduct detrimental” to players who demonstrate during the anthem.

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