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Sport NFLPA hires multiple law firms to explore new anthem policy

00:12  15 june  2018
00:12  15 june  2018 Source:   nbcsports.com

Patriots' Devin McCourty: 'Dumb' national anthem policy could lead to more conflict in NFL

  Patriots' Devin McCourty: 'Dumb' national anthem policy could lead to more conflict in NFL Patriots safety Devin McCourty is no fan of the NFL's new national anthem policy, saying it's not the right way to "try to lay the hammer down."But the safety and longtime defensive captain has a distinct distaste for the ruling, saying Thursday that it was "dumb" and that he was disappointed by the decision reached by league owners last week.

Three weeks ago, the NFL changed its anthem policy without input from or discussion with the NFL Players Association . And the NFLPA is preparing for Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFLPA has retained multiple law firms to research the options for fighting the new policy , which

The NFL Players Association is reportedly preparing for a legal battle following changes to the league ' s national anthem policy . According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, "the NFLPA has retained multiple law firms to research the options for fighting the new policy ."

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Three weeks ago, the NFL changed its anthem policy without input from or discussion with the NFL Players Association. And the NFLPA is preparing for a potential legal fight over the change.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFLPA has retained multiple law firms to research the options for fighting the new policy, which mandates all players in the playing area to stand for the anthem, and which requires any player who would protest the anthem to remain in the locker room.

One potential challenge would come in the form of a “non-injury grievance” under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The deadline for filing the grievance would come in late July, and the argument would be that the NFL failed to engage in good-faith bargaining with the union before taking away a right that the NFL had previously given to the players, and that the NFL had confirmed on multiple occasions.

NBA won't be changing its anthem policy

  NBA won't be changing its anthem policy More than a week after the NFL clumsily changed its national anthem policy in a way that managed to take a bad situation and make it worse, the NBA won’t be changing its own rules and regulations regarding the anthem. Via SportsBusiness Daily, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in an annual “state of the league ” press conference that there’s no reason to change the state of the league’s rule that players must stand for the anthem.

The NFL Players Association has retained multiple law firms to research the options for fighting the NFL' s new national anthem policy implemented by the owners last The owners' new rule drew the ire of the NFLPA and its members, including Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty, who called it "dumb."

The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Thursday regarding the league ' s policy on protests during the national anthem . The players ' association reportedly explored legal options for fighting the NFL ' s anthem rules, hiring multiple law firms .

The league gave players the right to protest in 2009, via a poorly-drafted policy that requires the players to be present on the sideline for the anthem but that makes standing optional. In 2016, the NFL confirmed that players are not required to stand after Colin Kaepernick was first spotted sitting during the anthem. In 2017, the NFL once again told players that they would have the right to protest, after the President said that he’d like to see an NFL owner respond to an anthem protest by saying, “Get that son of a bitch off the field, he’s fired!”

Other forms of litigation are possible, including an action based on both the U.S. and various state constitutions premised on First Amendment rights to freedom of expression.

However it plays out, the NFL’s effort to placate the President and his base backfired badly, and it has put the NFL in line for a fight with the union that the NFL possibly will lose.

Eagles' Bennett: Anthem protests no longer about gestures .
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett isn't a fan of the NFL's new anthem policy, but believes players should prioritize raising awareness off the field. Appearing at a book signing in Seattle Monday night, Bennett reiterated that his decision to sit during the national anthem "was never about the flag," according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, but rather about "every issue you could think about that people were going through." "It isn't so much about the gesture anymore," Bennett told Condotta. "We don't have to take a knee. We just have to work in our communities.

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