Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL, Alleging Collusion

Danny Woods
October 16, 2017

According to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the owners for collusion under the latest collective bargaining agreement.

Kaepernick claims owners have colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protests during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" previous year.

ABC News, which obtained a copy of the court filing, reports that the free-agent quarterback, 29, has hired high-powered attorney Mark Geragos to represent him instead of going through the NFL Players Association.

Kaepernick may have a good case as there have been owners, like John Mara of the New York Giants, who have publicly spoken on the matter and said that they would not hire him, while the Denver Broncos reportedly would not pursue him under any circumstances.

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to begin kneeling during the national anthem last season. Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation.

"Colin Kaepernick's goal has always been, and remains, to simply be treated fairly by the league he performed at the highest level for and return to the football playing field".

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Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports also reported the quarterback's plan to file a grievance.

"Our union has a duty to assist Mr. Kaepernick as we do all players and we will support him", the statement said, adding that the union is scheduling a call with his advisers for early this week. Since then, more players have participated in protests of a similar nature that have become the focus of national attention after the president suggested that players that kneel during the anthem be fired.

Kaepernick actually opted out of his contract with the 49ers this year, likely in hopes of signing elsewhere. As the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has remained unsigned up to this point, the idea has bounced around the league.

The protest was seen by some as disrespecting the flag.

However, Commissioner Roger Goodell has denied there has been any blackballing of the quarterback.

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