The grievance, filed on Sunday, claims National Football League owners "colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for [his] leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice". The fact that many teams with a need for a quarterback have passed up the chance to sign Kaepernick left many to believe owners are either punishing him for his stance or believe his presence would alienate fans.
According to a court filing obtained by ABC News, the athlete's agent has reached out to all 32 teams in the league to note his availability, but apparently has been avoided like the plague!
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started kneeling past year during the national anthem to protest the treatment of minorities by police, has filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging that owners colluded to keep him off the field this season.
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.
Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and has been one of the league's more risky dual-threat quarterbacks at times. While he had an up-and-down career with the 49ers, Kaepernick is still an established starting-caliber quarterback.
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Article 69, Section 2 of the CBA allows for the agreement to be terminated prematurely in the event of proof of collusion.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Kaepernick wants to trigger termination of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Maybe his agents, Jeffrey Nalley and Sean Kiernan, are in possession of such evidence.
The ramifications would be enormous, and historical.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell dismissed suggestions that Kaepernick was being "blackballed" back in June, stating that "if a football team feels that Colin Kaepernick, or any other player, is going to improve that team, they're going to do it".
The lawyer then tried to link Kaepernick's case to larger societal issues, saying, "Such a precedent (of collusion) threatens all patriotic Americans and hearkens back to our darkest days as a nation".