The NFL’s internal struggle with anti-American anthem protestors continues.
Unemployed “quarterback” Colin Kaepernick began the protests early last season.
Now, he’s just taken an unusual move against the NFL that has everyone wondering what his endgame is.
Kaepernick just filed a grievance against NFL owners for collusion to deprive him of a job in retaliation for his national anthem protest.
But rather than filing the grievance through the NFL Players Association, Kaepernick hired his own attorney, Mark Geragos to plead his case.
The filing, which demands an arbitration hearing on the matter, says the NFL and its 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.”
Kaepernick’s attorney sent a copy of the complaint to the NFLPA, as well as the NFL and all 32 teams. He tweeted out a statement Sunday saying he filed the grievance “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”
“If the NFL (as well as all professional sports teams) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful protest — which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago — should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government,” Geragos said in a statement. “Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation. Protecting all athletes from such collusive conduct is what compelled Mr. Kaepernick to file his grievance.
“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,” the statement continued.
The statement is hogwash.
It’s important to remember Kaepernick was already unemployed long before Trump called out other players for protesting during the national anthem.
His contract with the 49ers ended in March 2017 and Trump’s call for owners to fire the protestors wasn’t until the end of September.
Ironically, Ray Lewis said the Baltimore Ravens decided against signing Kaepernick after his girlfriend tweeted this racist image comparing Ray Lewis to the house slave in Django Unchained:
— NESSA (@nessnitty) August 3, 2017
So, far from the NFL owners actively “colluding” against hiring Kaepernick, perhaps his subpar play and anti-American antics are what’s kept Kaepernick off the field.
What are your thoughts?
Will an NFL team like Green Bay (who just lost their starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, likely for the season) get pressured into signing Kaepernick?