The National Football League Players Association has filed a grievance in opposition of the league's new stance on whether players should stand for the National Anthem before games.
The league's new policy mandates players must stand for the Anthem or face being fined. Players also have the option of staying in the locker room if they do not want to take part in the National Anthem before the kick-off.
The union claims the NFL's governing body did not consult with it. The NFLPA also says the policy infringes on players rights and is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.
The players union hopes to resolve the issue through talks rather than litigation.
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