[Ed. – The players do understand that if they drive away enough fans, the game of professional football will cease to exist? How much is their protest of an imaginary grievance worth to them?]
The NFL had intended for its rule to achieve a resolution.
For more than a year, controversy had eddied endlessly around players’ decisions to kneel during the national anthem. And the league thought a policy requiring players to stand for the anthem if they were on the field — but also allowing them to stay off the field and out of sight — would end an uncomfortable conversation that had reached even the White House.
But if it was resolution the league was seeking, the move failed.
The NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that it has filed a grievance against the league “on behalf of all players.”
“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 group explained in a statement.