The NFL Players Union has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump for his handling of the Nuresmberg trials.
The lawsuit was filed Monday, three weeks after Trump accused NFL players of “getting it wrong” in an interview with The Associated Press.
The president also said the league was “totally disrespectful” to former Nazi leaders.
Trump has not addressed the lawsuit yet.
The NFLPA released a statement Monday calling Trump’s statement “unfortunate.”
The NFLPA said it has “long been concerned about the administration’s disrespect for the memory of those who served and sacrificed during the Holocaust, the suffering and deaths of those lost to the Nazi regime and the countless millions of victims of other wars and conflicts since World War II.”
“Our players’ memory is deeply important to them, their families and their communities,” the statement said.
“As an organization, we will continue to support our players and support our institutions in their efforts to ensure that all of our players are treated with respect and dignity.
We look forward to working with the NFLPA to ensure these issues are addressed.”
The suit accuses Trump of “grossly and maliciously mischaracterizing the conduct of NFL players and NFL owners” and saying the NFL is “taking a public position that defames its players and that it would not tolerate any form of disrespectful behavior.”
“This lawsuit seeks damages for injury and emotional distress caused by President Trump’s conduct and comments, as well as damages for any other harm that has been caused,” the suit said.
The NFL, which has been criticized for its decision not to publicly condemn Trump during the trials, issued a statement Tuesday defending the league and players.
“The NFL stands for the principles that have guided the league for over 120 years: The pursuit of excellence, integrity and respect for the Constitution of the United States, as embodied in the First Amendment to the United State Constitution,” the league said.
“We are not interested in defending the actions of other politicians, as they have no business making statements about our players or our players’ union.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.