The NFL Players Association filed a racial discrimination complaint with the league office over what it described as a violation of the players’ civil rights.
A statement from the league’s office of the chief legal officer read:”We are deeply concerned about the language used by the league in its response to the complaints filed by the Players Association regarding racial slurs and the actions of its officers in response to these incidents.
The league’s policy of not using language that may incite racial bias or other discriminatory behavior does not violate the Constitution.
However, it does violate the players civil rights under the First Amendment, which protects freedom of expression.
We have received and will continue to receive additional information regarding the status of the allegations.”
The NFL has not responded to a request for comment.
The NFLPA said the league will be taking “additional steps” to address its racial discrimination complaints.
In response to a complaint, the league has issued a statement saying it “has taken measures to address the language being used on social media.”
The statement added:”Our team is dedicated to being inclusive and we are taking additional steps to address these issues.”
The league also released a statement:”The NFL stands for inclusion, diversity, and respect.
The players are fully committed to supporting each other and working together to improve the lives of all.”