VERIFY: Does Colin Kaepernick have a case against the NFL?

Lynette Rowe
October 19, 2017

Per the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the owners & players met at league headquarters at 10 am, after which the owners had a separate, regularly scheduled meeting during which they meant to come to a consensus on how to handle the national anthem going forward.

Goodell would not say how he felt about team owners potentially discipline players on their own, saying he would not deal with hypotheticals and that he would deal with that if it would come up. Reports say that Kaepernick is preparing to file an official grievance against the National Football League charging the owners with collusion.

President Trump has repeatedly attacked the NFL players who kneel during the national anthem by terming it as "not acceptable".

But as owners entered the second day of their fall meetings, they appeared to be focused not on changing the policy but on understanding why players feel the need to protest.

"Instead, I encourage them to use their voices and influence to take a stand against domestic violence". Knowing this, many players were expecting one important free agent to be invited in Colin Kaepernick considering he was the person who got it all started.

Mike Freeman tweeted that the former San Francisco 49ers player has hired attorney Mark Geragos and that an official statement will be released in the near future.

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Goodell also said that the protests also presented an opportunity to make "real differences in our community".

New York Giants co-owner John Mara said that Jones spoke at length during Wednesday's discussion by the owners on the issue.

"We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero", he said. "And they're actually incredibly knowledgeable, articulate and they spent the time going into the communities to talk about that", Goodell said.

He adds: "Total disrespect for our great country!"

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who has raised his fist during the anthem since last season, said the meeting was focused on "talking about solutions". At a campaign rally in September, the president suggested that owners should fire any "son of a bitch" who takes a knee. "When you look at our clubs and what they do on a daily basis, when you look at our players at what they do and how they participate in that - we all feel very strongly about our country and our pride, and we will continue to do that".

The CBA prohibits owners from conspiring against a player and blackballing them from employment, but it also gives owners great protection.

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