It’s official: Kaep is suing the NFL.
Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance under the latest collective bargaining agreement against NFL owners for collusion, according to his attorney, Mark Geragos.
Kaepernick is not going through the NFL Players Association but has instead hired Geragos, who has represented several high-profile clients, including Michael Jackson, former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield and musician Chris Brown.
Kaepernick does, however, have the support of the NFLPA:
NFLPA Statement on Colin Kaepernick Collusion Grievance: pic.twitter.com/TIJXSe2XFg
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2017
Here’s an excerpt from the filing:
“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.
Niners safety Eric Reid, Kaepernick’s former teammate and friend, has been kneeling during the anthem before games. Here’s what he had to say:
“I’ll have to follow up with him,” Reid said after the game. “It sure does seem like he’s being blackballed. I think all the stats prove that he’s an NFL-worthy quarterback. So that’s his choice and I support his decision. We’ll just have to see what comes of it.”
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. We will keep you updated as we get more information.