A vote on the next NFLPA president is expected Tuesday.
Okung's decision to decline his nomination comes a day after he filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday in which he accuses the NFLPA staff of conducting CBA negotiations in bad faith. Okung's filing accuses NFLPA staff, including executive director DeMaurice Smith, of forcing a CBA vote "over the objections of the executive committee" and of leadership's attempt to prevent him from speaking out about a perceived "lack of transparency" during CBA negotiations, according to The New York Times.
The NFLPA released the following statement Tuesday on Okung's charge:
"Our union learned from press reports yesterday of a charge made by an NFL player referencing a violation of constitutional process for a new collective bargaining agreement. We fully complied with our constitution, which spells out the process for the Board of Player Representatives to approve sending a proposed new collective bargaining agreement to the full membership for a vote. With respect to the other allegations reportedly in the charge, those issues were addressed by the full Executive Committee and shared with the Board of Player Representatives."
The decision on new leadership comes as players continue to vote on a potential new CBA. The NFLPA extended the voting window to Saturday at 11:59 p.m. ET.