Disgraced, Out of Work Former 49er QB Colin Kaepernick Files grievance Vs NFL
Sunday, the former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging that he still remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his take a knee protests during the national anthem.
Mr. Kaepernick started a national debate about political activism by athletes last season when he decided to sit, and then kneel, during the anthem to bring attention to mistreatment of African-Americans by police.
Some other players continued the protests this season, prompting an angry response from President Donald Trump, who said players should be fired for not standing during the anthem.
Mr. Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers at the end of last season and remains a free agent despite a rash of injuries and his poor play at Quarterback.
Mark Geragos, 1 of Mr. Kaepernick’s attorneys, said in a statement Sunday that he filed the grievance “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”
“If the NFL is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful political protest, which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago should not be punished,” Attorney Geragos said in the statement, “and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the executive branch of our government. Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation.”
The NFL players’ union said it would support the grievance, which was filed through the arbitration system that is part of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
“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 to return to the football playing field,” Attorney Geragos said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kaepernick is sidelined with no prospects of ever playing in the NFL again.
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