Colin Kaepernick Sues The NFL

Colin Kaepernick has sued the NFL using his own lawyers headed by attorney Mark Geragos alleging that the owners have colluded to keep him out of the league.

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Under the lawsuit Kaepernick contents that the owners, “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”  The filing demands that an arbitration hearing be held.

Geragos has represented several high profile clients including Michael Jackson, and Chris Brown. In a statement Geragos said, “If the NFL (as well as all professional sports leagues) 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,” 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.”

Since Kaepernick played his last game with the 49ers, several teams have had openings but only one,  the Seattle Seahawks, have even brought him in for a workout.  Several NFL analysts have all suggested that Kapernick was not only good enough to be on a roster as a backup but also good enough to start for many teams. The NFL collective bargaining agreement states that if a player has evidence of collusion that he has to file a claim within 90 days.

Proving collusion will be difficult as most professional sports owners are very knowledgeable of the law and the specifics of the CBAs they agreed to. They still find ways around it just like they did in 2010 which was supposed to be cap free year.  With NFL QBs dropping out weekly they could end this by signing Kaepernick today.

 

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