Colin Kaepernick Files Complaint Accusing NFL Owners of Collusion

Colin Kaepernick to file lawsuit against NFL owners over collusion, say reports

That's why he has reportedly fired a grievance against the league's owners, claiming that they are colluding to keep him out of the league.

Kaepernick started his protest against police brutality and oppression against people of color in America past year by sitting for the national anthem. Kaepernick could give all players a tremendous piece of leverage, moving up the expiration of the contract by more than three years and forcing the owners back to the bargaining table.

"We can confirm that this morning we filed a grievance under the CBA on behalf of Colin Kaepernick", lawyers Geragos & Geragos confirmed in a subsequent statement. As the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has remained unsigned up to this point, the idea has bounced around the league.

In 2016 Kaepernick stopped standing during the anthem to protest the oppression of people of color, and a handful of other athletes began to do the same.

The complaint calls Trump "an organizing force in the collusion among team owners in their conduct towards" Kaepernick, and claims National Football League owners have described Trump's administration as "causing paradigm shifts in their views toward National Football League players".

"We first learned through media reports today that Mr. Kaepernick filed a grievance claiming collusion through our arbitration system and is represented by his own counsel".

Kaepernick's complaint says Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have "engaged in various public relations stunts created to retaliate against Mr. Kaepernick and other players that have joined in Kaepernick's peaceful protest". "But other than that, they have every right to decide if he's a business liability, and that's exactly what he is".

NFL owners will meet in the week to come to consider changes to a game manual that says players "should" stand during the national anthem. Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation.

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

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