Owners Deposed In Kaepernick Collusion Case

Nov 04, 2017, 00:54
Owners Deposed In Kaepernick Collusion Case

Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October, alleging that owners colluded against hiring him due to his national anthem protests.

A number of NFL owners will be asked to turn over communications records related to the Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the league.

Other owners, teams and league officials will also be deposed, but Schefter said he has only confirmed Kraft, Jones and McNair at this point.

Geragos did not reply to a request for comment from ABC News.

It will be a hard case to prove, but on Friday, a potential major break was reported. Roger Goodell, the NFL's commissioner, denied those claims and stated that teams were just making "football decisions".

San Jose Sharks player Joel Ward has even gone public with his debate to kneel during the anthem during preseason.

Kaepernick has been a controversial figure since he first sat and then knelt during the national anthem before games with the 49ers in the 2016 season as a protest to denounce police brutality against African-Americans, social injustice and racial inequality.

A number of players followed Kaepernick's lead by taking a knee during the anthem past year and this season.

Kraft also is a friend of president Donald Trump, who kick-started a second wave of player protests in the NFL in late September when he colorfully said any player who takes a knee during the national anthem should be fired.

According to a report from CBS's Jason La Canfora, Kaepernick has been working out daily in hopes of getting a second chance in the NFL.

Kaepernick's lawyers are clearly hoping to gather evidence in support of his collusion case by coming across an email or phone where McNair or any other owner may have advised one another not to sign Kaepernick.

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