NFLPA Reportedly Hires Multiple Law Firms to Investigate Anthem Policy Change | Bleacher Report

Miami Dolphins' Jordan Phillips (97) stands during the national anthem, but shows support for the protest as he puts an arm on the shoulder of kneeling teammate, Kenny Stills (10), Michael Thomas (31) and Julius Thomas (89) before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. The Panthers won 45-21. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

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The NFL Gamers Affiliation is reportedly making ready for a authorized battle following modifications to the league’s nationwide anthem coverage. 

In accordance with Mike Florio of Professional Soccer Speak, “the NFLPA has retained a number of regulation corporations to analysis the choices for preventing the brand new coverage.”

After participant conduct in the course of the nationwide anthem turned a central speaking level, house owners authorised modifications in Could that require all crew personnel to face and “present respect for the anthem” if they’re on the sphere. Gamers are additionally permitted to stay within the locker room in the event that they select.

The rule modifications got here on account of gamers across the league kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem as a protest in opposition to racial injustice, starting with Colin Kaepernick in 2016.

A 2009 coverage required gamers to be current on the sidelines however had no guidelines about standing.

After the brand new guidelines have been enacted, the NFLPA stated it will “evaluate” and “problem” any violations to the newest collective bargaining settlement:

The gamers affiliation now seems set to battle the house owners and league workplace relating to the modifications.

As Michael McCann of Sports activities Illustrated reported in Could, the modifications with out consulting the NFLPA might carry upon an antitrust lawsuit.

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