Colin Kaepernick supporters cheered the news of his settlement in his collusion lawsuit against the NFL.
They figured he pocketed tens of millions of dollars and forced the NFL to capitulate to his anti-American protests.
But then Kaepernick and his supporters just got this really bad news.
Initial reports pegged Kaepernick’s settlement in the 60 to 80 million dollar range.
That would have been a massive payday.
However, the reality is the NFL probably paid Kaepernick a fraction of that.
Moreover, another source claims that the payout would have covered only the league’s legal expenses with “perhaps a bit more.” As PFT’s Mike Florio writes, “The anticipated legal expenses weren’t disclosed; chances are those amounts would have been in the seven figures, not in the eight figures.”
Another interesting tell, is the fact that Kaepernick is still allowed to seek employment in the NFL. Normally, in the case of large settlements, the former employee is essentially paid to go away and not allowed to pursue work with the company/league again. The fact that Kaepernick is still free to sign with another team would support the idea that his payout was not very significant.
If true, these reports will not help Kaepernick’s cause amongst fellow social justice activists. In the days following the announcement of his settlement with the league, the former 49er received severe backlash from many who thought he had surrendered his cause in favor of “hush money” from the NFL.
By taking the NFL’s settlement figure, Kaepernick made one thing clear: this fight was not about a cause.
It was about the almighty dollar.
And now it turns out he didn’t even get as much as everyone initially thought.
The next question will be if a NFL team signs Kaepernick.
After the settlement, his lawyer claimed the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers would be interested.
But both those teams have high profile starting quarterbacks and Kaepernick refused to take backup quarterback money before.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.