A few NFLers are reportedly working on a plan to coerce 25% of the league to sit out.
A report posted by NFL insider on Sunday seems to indicate that a good number of NFL players are considering a self imposed work stoppage in protest of effective bans on both Colin Kaepernick and free agent safety Eric Reid. Shaun King broke the news on Twitter along with a percentage of players they hope will go along with the strike: a staggering 25% of the league's talent.
Colin Kaepernick has yet to find employment in the NFL since voiding his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after his protests spurred an internal rift with ownership. Eric Reid, although less implicated in any resistant movements, was the player who knelt beside Kaepernick in a September 2016 game against the Los Angeles Rams. The NFL player's has filed a grievance in his defense, finding a party guilty of basing its decision not to sign Reid on the fact he challenged the implementation of a club policy, the exact wording they used to mount Kaepernick's case against league owners.
If this initiative gets off the ground, NFL players will have a decision to make with respect to their short term careers. 25% is a high enough portion to bring the league to a shuddering stop, on a level of product quality. Minor concessions have already been made to allow to NFL players the option of remaining in the locker room during the National Anthem. For some players in the NFL that is too mild a form of protest.