The NFL Players Association says it will be paying players for the protest against police brutality.
The union said Friday that its members will be paid for “all necessary and appropriate labor costs” for the players, and said they are “not required to pay for the performance of the national anthem or any other acts of resistance that may be deemed appropriate by the Commissioner of the NFL.”
The union has been pressing the NFL for more than a year to include a “right to work” clause in the new collective bargaining agreement.
It was a major sticking point for President Donald Trump in the negotiations that ended in late December, when Trump said he would not accept a new deal that would allow the union to make some concessions.
The NFLPA also released a statement Friday saying that its membership will not be required to donate to a union that supports the police.
The statement also said that the players will be required “to attend meetings held by their own representatives and participate in their own organizing efforts, which will include a right to collectively bargain, to collectively participate in bargaining with the NFL, and to collectively vote on issues affecting the collective bargaining process.”
The NFL Players’ Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.