NFL players wearing hairdos are free to wear what they want, the NFL Players Association said Wednesday, despite a number of players protesting the league’s ban on “hair” in public.
“The NFLPA has no plans to enforce the league and players’ rights to wear the hair of any player in the league, including hairderers,” the NFLPA said in a statement.
“As the league has stated publicly, we believe that hairdryers are the epitome of a personal choice.
We are not a party to any of these decisions.”
The NFL announced on May 15 that the league had banned hair in public from any player who “is not a member of a team or club, is not participating in a competition or event or is otherwise not otherwise a member or employee of the NFL.”
The league has been criticized for its ban on hair in recent years, as players and players associations have become increasingly vocal on social media.
In May, the Associated Press reported that more than 200 players had signed an online petition that called for the league to ban “hair,” citing research suggesting the practice increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
The NFL Players Alliance is seeking to overturn the ban and to reinstate hair in NFL stadiums, according to the statement.
The players union has not yet said when it will take up the petition.
The NFL Players Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the petition, the statement said.