Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL Owners for Collusion: Report

Colin Kaepernick, foreground (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Colin Kaepernick, foreground (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Unsigned NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is preparing to file a grievance against NFL owners for collusion and has hired high-profile attorney Mark Geragos, according to reports.

Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman first tweeted news of the grievance Sunday afternoon, adding that Kaepernick will be releasing a statement.

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According to Sports Illustrated, “Collusion occurs when two or more teams, or the league and at least one team, join to deprive a player of a contractually earned right. Such a right is normally found in the collective bargaining agreement signed by a league and its players’ association. For example, the right of a free-agent player to negotiate a contract with a team cannot be impaired by a conspiracy of teams to deny that player a chance to sign.”

During the 2016 NFL season, Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice and police brutality in America.

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Kaepernick opted out of his contract at the end of last season, and many assumed that he would be signed by one of the 32 NFL teams, especially given that he posted above-average numbers on a less-than-stellar San Francisco team. (He finished the year with 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 12 games.)

When that didn’t happen, and far less talented quarterbacks were signed to start or even serve as backups this season, many believed that the NFL owners had blackballed the 29-year-old for his actions.

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Several NFL players have continued to kneel this season—not only in support of Kaepernick but also to continue to bring light to the reason he began his protest in the first place: racial injustice in America, much to the dismay of some fans and President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly spoken out about the players’ actions.

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Others, however, including Howard University’s cheerleaders, a German soccer team and the cast of Miss Saigon, have all knelt in solidarity with him.

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Read more at Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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HoodooGirl finds White Fragility funny

It always seems to take many white people several years/never .... to understand very basic concepts when it comes to black people. For example:

Black Lives Matter = Black Lives Matter TOO

Kneeling before playing football = Protesting about police brutality directed at people of color.

I can’t breathe = Your police are restricting my respiratory system by placing their 3 x 150 pound bodies on my throat (no it does not mean that I was selling cigarettes at the side of the road and deserve to die)

Black history month = The opposite of the eleven other months dedicated to white history.

Black on black crime = Almost the same rates as white on white crime.

Black racism = No such concept

White Lives Matter = When haven’t they mattered?

I hope that Kap sues them for every last dime that they have... and more.