A new legal battle is under way in the wake of Alabama’s ruling to ban the state from enforcing the law on football players.
The court decision, which came after an 18-month legal battle, is a victory for the NFL and NFL Players Association.
More: The Alabama Supreme Court ruled in March that the law, which was adopted to prevent players from taking a knee during the national anthem, violates the rights of players to free speech and expression.
Under the new rule, players will have to sit during the playing of the national song.
It’s the latest twist in a long-running battle over the rights and freedoms of players.
The law was passed by Alabama voters in November 2017, but was not in force when the Alabama state legislature was elected.
When the state legislature convened in January, the NFL said it would oppose the measure.
The Alabama Supreme court upheld the state’s law in March, upholding a lower court decision that ruled the state lacked authority to enact the law.
The NFL is appealing the ruling, arguing that the state is not the proper authority to enforce the law and should be given the authority to take legal action if it doesn’t like the result.
In the ruling on Thursday, the court said the Alabama Legislature has “declared war on the NFL.”
The NFL and the NFLPA said the court’s ruling was “a slap in the face to our players and the millions of Americans who support them.”
“This ruling sends a clear message that the Alabama legislature will not allow this law to be enforced,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement.
“The NFL will continue to work to protect our players, coaches, and fans and defend the constitutional rights of all Americans, no matter where they live, or what their politics are.”
The NFL said the state will appeal.
The court ruling was a blow to the league and the players’ union.
After the ruling was issued, the Alabama football team filed a lawsuit against the NFL in federal court.
It argued that the new law violates the First Amendment rights of NFL players.
Alabama’s attorney general, Luther Strange, also sued the NFL on behalf of the team.