NFLPA will “challenge any aspect” of anthem policy inconsistent with CBA

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The NFL released a statement outlining a new anthem policy agreed to in a unanimous vote of league owners at this week’s meetings in Atlanta.

The policy calls for everyone on the field for the song to “stand and show respect,” but allows for players and other personnel to remain off the field if they choose. It also calls for the league to fine teams whose personnel do not “stand and show respect” and allows teams to set their own “work rules” for players who do not stand for the song.

After the NFL released its statement, the NFLPA responded with one of its own.

“The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new ‘policy.’ NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.

“The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principles, values and patriotism of our League.

“Our union will review the new “policy” and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.”

At a brief press conference after the release of the statement, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said there was “incredible engagement” with players about the anthem issue and said any response to the union would come in direct conversation with them. He was also asked who would be the arbiter of what it means to “show respect” and said the “general public has a very good feel” for what that is without delving into a detailed discussion of what that might mean beyond kneeling.

36 responses to “NFLPA will “challenge any aspect” of anthem policy inconsistent with CBA

  1. The players should be able to kneel, the NFL can fine them, and the proceeds go to war veterans. Players express their feelings about injustice, and veterans receive financial support which NFL players don’t mind. NFL players are looking to promote awareness of police brutality.

  2. Nope. Article 46, baby!

    “I can do whatever I want, when I want, for whatever reasons I want, even if illegal under US law.”

    – Roger Goodell (in a federal court in August 2016, with 2 corrupt judges in his pocket)

    PS Anyone know what happened to his precious Article 46 with regards to the Manning Boys?

    Hmm. Seemed to miraculously not be used with factual cheating confirmed aka framejobs were not needed.

    Thanks for anyone who has these answers ahead of time.

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    No worries viagra Bob Kraft just named Meek Mill VP of football operations

  4. NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism
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    Left wing social activism and pig socks isn’t “patriotism”.

  5. It’s amazing that the most inept union in sports doesn’t realize that to the owners the CBA is equivalent to writing something on a napkin in a bar. Should they have not been in the forefront on this issue, that is a major issue to their constituents? Should they have not opened dialogue with their members employers and offered a fair compromise, opened dialogue whereas an agreement was reached. Why are these guys paying dues to such clowns?

  6. Both sides are so dysfunctional it’s making it really difficult to root for either.

    Then again I’m not the NFLs target anymore…I cut the cord, will not buy gear, no more sunday ticket and find going to a game a chore.

    I’d rather keep my hard earned local and give it to the local bars.

  7. The NFL stadium is a work place. Employers have the right under law to ensure a certain code of conduct is upheld. Employees have the right to find employment elsewhere if they feel the do not wish to uphold the standard expected of them. Employees also have the right, away from their work environment to conduct themselves as they so wish. Players can go be upset about whatever injustices they wish to cry for when not at work.

  8. Gee – a group of right wing billionaire Trump supporters unilaterally voting in a fascist rule to deny the right of American citizens the right to peacefully protest against killer cops shooting down people in the streets without a trial. Who could have predicted this?

  9. And to all you legal geniuses who argue ‘the workplace sets the rules’ – your place of work cannot set rules that supersede your Constitutional rights. So sorry that you ‘patriots’ find the Constitution so inconvenient when it doesn’t support your views.

  10. Well walk into your bosses office and tell him he’s an f’ing idiot. It is your constitutional right after all, freedom of speech. See if the constitution can keep your job!

  11. I watch football to be entertained, not to see perceived social injustice/political demonstrations be they peaceful or not…..What STINKS about this is that BOTH the MEDIA & ANNOUNCERS will continue to bring it up EVERY GAME to no end until the next “ HOT CONTROVERSY “ rears it’s head…..& that can’t come soon enough for me…..

  12. Actually, this is a brilliant move by the NFL. If the Union decides to fight this new “policy” — to fight for the right of their players to sit outside the locker room and kneel during the anthem –who’s going to look like the bad guys?

  13. kohila79 says:
    May 23, 2018 at 1:02 pm
    The NFL stadium is a work place. Employers have the right under law to ensure a certain code of conduct is upheld. Employees have the right to find employment elsewhere if they feel the do not wish to uphold the standard expected of them. Employees also have the right, away from their work environment to conduct themselves as they so wish. Players can go be upset about whatever injustices they wish to cry for when not at work.
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    So let’s just ignore the fact that unlike your workplace work rules have to be “collectively bargained.”

  14. fordmandalay says: “And to all you legal geniuses who argue ‘the workplace sets the rules’ – your place of work cannot set rules that supersede your Constitutional rights. So sorry that you ‘patriots’ find the Constitution so inconvenient when it doesn’t support your views.”
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    That is not even remotely accurate. Absolutely, employers can stop people from campaigning while on the clock or even on the premises. Likewise, employees by law are not allowed to picket in the instance of Unions on the premises. The Feds have gone so far as to not let pickets to be set up at more than one location on a job site. As a Union member, I can talk from first hand experience.

  15. Wow, you got the mass media and the political left sticking up for MS-13 and now you have a major union fighting to disrespect and protest our great country while at work. What the heck is in the water these days!

  16. I respect an individuals right to express thier views on everything and anything.
    The NFL is bringing entertainment to a lot of people and I dislike having social views thrust into my life while expecting to disconnect for a couple of hours.
    Everyone wins, except me.
    GOODBYE NFL
    I will never watch your product again.

  17. Don’t agree with the penalty if they don’t stand. That ‘punishes’ the whole team. Just tell kneelers they can kneel in the locker rom during the anthem. Fans will express their feelings to any kneelers.

  18. I don’t know the point? Let’s be honest a super majority of the players hate the fans and in many cases for good reason, but I enjoyed the convoluted American history lessons Colin Kaepernick used for this protests. And as much as Roger Goedell and owners pay lip service to respecting the players social grievances, it’s obvious they now fear the fans more.

  19. What is more disrespectful, refusing to come out for the national anthem or kneeling? Kneeling is a form of a respect. That is why so man religions kneel during services or genuflect. Refusing to come out is even more disrespectful! Yet this is what people want?

  20. If it’s not about the flag or the anthem, the obvious answer would seem to be to pick a different means of protest.

    Go to a police station on your day off and picket. Call the media and they’d be all over it.

  21. The owners sat down in good faith with the players on this issue, and the players recorded and leaked the owners comments. consequently, the players forfeit all right to be consulted further on social justice matters, beyond what it says in the CBA.

  22. “And to all you legal geniuses who argue ‘the workplace sets the rules’ – your place of work cannot set rules that supersede your Constitutional rights. So sorry that you ‘patriots’ find the Constitution so inconvenient when it doesn’t support your views.”

    There is no constitutional right to speak freely at work. If there were, it would be impossible to fire KKK workers who spout racist BS at customers while serving them their coffee. Bottom line, not only do you not understand your constitutional rights, but because you are wrong, you are off.

  23. fordmandalay says:
    May 23, 2018 at 1:11 pm
    And to all you legal geniuses who argue ‘the workplace sets the rules’ – your place of work cannot set rules that supersede your Constitutional rights. So sorry that you ‘patriots’ find the Constitution so inconvenient when it doesn’t support your views.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The ‘patriots’ you are referring too have likely read the Constitution and it seems you have not. Here, let me help you out…“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” That’s it. You are by no means a “legal genius” and your belief about what the 1st amendment means is patently false. Countless court cases have demonstrated the employer’s rights to regulate speech of employees on company time and/or in company facilities and in many states (not all) employers can sanction (fire) employees for speech they wrote on social media and on their own time away from the workplace. Try again. Class dismissed.

  24. Why is it that Dallas, New Orleans, and New England fans universally hate Roger Goodell? I mean, beyond the fact that he issued (just) punishment to players/coaches/execs from those teams?

    Football brings out the worst in people.

  25. Until now, I’ve never seen employees that WANT TO DRIVE AWAY CUSTOMERS AND LOSE $$$$$$. Very strange.. Maybe someone can explain it to them.

  26. Fans when it comes to the players holding out for new contracts: It’s the CBA THEY agreed to!

    Fans when it comes to kneeling during the anthem: Who cares about the stupid CBA!!

  27. The NFL will continue to not directly punish players who kneel. Instead, the league claims they will punish the teams who employ those players. Teams are now authorized by the league to punish kneeling players by fines and possibly suspensions. There is no specific misconduct clause addressing conduct during the playing of the national anthem. However, the catch-all violation of conduct detrimental to the club is part of the agreement.

    The agreement states: Conduct detrimental to Club—maximum fine of an amount equal to one
    week’s salary and/or suspension without pay for a period not to exceed four (4) weeks.
    This maximum applies without limitation to any deactivation of a player in response to
    player conduct (other than a deactivation in response to a player’s on-field playing ability),
    and any such deactivation, even with pay, shall be considered discipline subject to the
    limits set forth in this section. The Non-Injury Grievance Arbitrator’s decision in Terrell
    Owens (Nov. 23, 2005) is thus expressly overruled as to any Club decision to deactivate a
    player in response to the player’s conduct.

    It is hard to see what specific conduct has been agreed to, if any. That may mean that management has a free hand in both defining this form of misconduct and dolling out fines within the limitations of the agreement.

    The union will be spending players money on legal fees when it is more simple to stay in the locker room until after the anthem is played. Absence may be the best form of protest.

  28. The national anthem does not belong at any sporting event. Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel

  29. omeimontis says:
    May 27, 2018 at 8:10 pm
    goodell also said that Kap is not being blacklisted by the NFL

    He’s blacklisted by teams that don’t want a mediocre QB taking up cap space and a roster spot.

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