Colin Kaepernick files collusion grievance against NFL

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Colin Kaepernick has been waiting patiently for his next NFL opportunity. His patience has now expired.

PFT has confirmed that Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The grievance alleges that the NFL’s teams colluded in not signing him to a contract, presumably due to his decision to kneel during the national anthem in 2016.

Kaepernick has retained outside counsel to handle the claim. The NFL Players Association will remain in touch with Kaepernick as the grievance proceeds; however, Kaepernick’s private counsel will be spearheading the effort.

The filing of the grievance was first reported by Mike Freeman of BleacherReport.com.

Kaepernick became a free agent in March after opting out of the final year of his contract with the 49ers. (San Francisco G.M. John Lynch has said that the team would have cut Kaepernick if he hadn’t opted out.) The Seahawks brought Kaepernick in for a visit, but did not sign him. The Ravens were considering adding Kaepernick during training camp. Owner Steve Bisciotti publicly acknowledged that fans had expressed opposition to the possibility.

The last straw may have been the failure of the Titans to give Kaepernick a tryout after quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered an injured hamstring. The Titans instead brought in Brandon Weeden, Matt McGloin, Matt Barkley, and T.J. Yates, before signing Weeden.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy already has said that they won’t be adding a quarterback in the wake of the broken collarbone suffered by Aaron Rodgers. If the Packers were inclined to add a quarterback, Kaepernick could make sense. His grievance, however, could cause teams to view him differently (even though the filing of a grievance should not be held against him).

181 responses to “Colin Kaepernick files collusion grievance against NFL

  1. Good luck proving that. Unless he has some tangible proof his chances of winning are the same as his chances to win a Super Bowl–ZERO.

  2. He really made his own bed. He just didn’t know it would come to this. But you can’t and won’t make someone sign you. There are dozens of reasons one guy is signed over another.

  3. Multiple teams brought him in, one was scared off by his psycho militant girlfriend who alluded to ‘racism’.

    Kaepnerick is a headcase, marginal talent, and doesn’t even know what or how to legitimately protest.

    Somehow though, there is collusion?

    Good luck with that Kaep, you don’t have a shot in hell of winning.

  4. Well, bro, you wouldn’t have been in this predicament if you would have beat out Gabbert, or even better, wouldn’t have opted out of your contract. And before you say “Shanny and Lynch were gonna let him go.” he let the Niners know he was opting out when Kelly and Baalke were still there. This one’s on you, bruh.

  5. Apparently, nothing should be held against him even though he’d be the biggest distraction EVER to any team that would be stupid enough to sign him. CK’s NFL days are over.

  6. kcchefs58 says:
    October 15, 2017 at 6:02 pm
    He has a case, whether people want to admit it or not.

    —————————————————–
    No, actually he doesn’t. Will be dismissed. WALKED AWAY from a contract. Not worth his asking price. That easy. The market spoke, its not the teams fault Kaep didn’t like the message.

  7. Unfortunately at this point his arrival would/could turn a fan base off. If he wins the case then what? Will some team have to put him on the roster? Let him go back to the Niners, they still protest and are terrible.

  8. Should I have filed aawsuit against employers that didn’t hire me when I was unemployed?

    Haha come on Colin.

  9. He thinks he is better than those other guys, therefore collusion. Well heck. I am getting my lawyer. I think I’m better than those guys too!

  10. It’s said the Ravens were going to sign him, then the girlfriend called Biscotti and racist slave owner and Ray Lewis an Uncle Tom. Hmmm, I’m thinking that is what sealed his fate.

  11. That implies there was collusion, each team made the decision that he was a long term money loser all by themselves, any half intelligent person could figure out he is radioactive.

  12. lol!!

    the guy quits on his team by slacking off and gets benched and now
    plays the victim card after being a complete locker room
    cancer and distraction

  13. What case? He’s not even a good QB, and most teams prefer not paying veteran wage for a backup QB. Is he broke? Probably.

  14. kcchefs58 says:
    October 15, 2017 at 6:02 pm
    He has a case, whether people want to admit it or not.
    ——————————————————–

    Could you describe what that case is?

    To prove collusion, you need to have some damning evidence that the teams actually came together and discussed not signing you. Some confidential leaked email or something would probably be the only thing that could prove it.

    THEN, even if you could prove that, you’d have to then prove that they did something illegal by having owners agree (correctly) that this guy is hurting the bottom line and shouldn’t be signed.

    Keep in mind, that’s absolutely not what happened. But even if it did, there’s no way to prove they did anything wrong. The NFL is free to take measures to reduce its loss in viewership, revenues, etc.

  15. Does that mean Johnny Manziel, RGIII, T.O., Jeff George, and others will also file a similar grievance?

  16. Sounds as though his legal counsel is about as competent (or desperate) as his social sciences instructor.

  17. I wonder what evidence he actually has for collusion? It’s not against the rules for teams not to sign a player because they think it would be bad for their specific team. Unless he can prove the NFL or some number of teams are taking an active role in preventing him from getting sign by a team. Good luck proving that.

  18. Hopefully, this will be turned down and this whole fiasco will be ended.
    It appears that he was duped by assorted leftist groups and other wackos.
    Stop publicizing this stuff

  19. I was hoping Colin would do this. Whether you like his talent or not, what the teams are doing is wrong. I hope he wins.

  20. Wait…i am an unskilled qb and theybarent signing me either. Hmmmm….maybe he’s on to something.

  21. kcchefs58 says:
    October 15, 2017 at 6:02 pm
    He has a case, whether people want to admit it or not.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    No, he has made a claim. Proving collusion without subpoena power is next to impossible and even with it you would need someone to be stupid enough to leave evidence of it. Whether Kaepernick or the union likes it or not NFL teams have a right to make business decisions based on the bottom line. If anything Bisciotti’s statement is the opposite of proof of collusion.

  22. When he shops around his win/loss record for his last 2 years of action… no wonder no one wants to sign him. Then there’s that problem about 17% of the NFL viewing audience having abandon the NFL because of Kaepernick’s kneeling during the National Anthem.

    Based on the clause in his employment contract about not saying or doing ANYTHING that interferes with his team’s or the NFL’s business opportunities… he is has no hope of EVER getting back in the NFL!!!

    I’m quite happy to see how this is going to play out. The owners are not stupid enough to hire someone that has run off 17% of their paying audience/fans.👍

  23. Im guessing this is a ploy to force the Packers into signing him?
    Seems so convenient he files this right when Aaron Rodgers goes down

  24. NFL also colluded against me! It’s not collusion if everyone independently decides you aren’t worth the headache. Good news is that we might now hear about his salary demands which could help put this to bed finally.

  25. How much money has Kaep cost the league by starting this mess, when the NFL rulebook states what players should do during the anthem? For using the NFL’s platform and his job, during work time, to make a statement? The NFL should sue him for that loss.

  26. This guy is just a master of how to make friends and get along with people. I wonder why no one wants him around…

  27. So now he’s going to use (and trust) the very legal system he made a grandstand against as corrupt to handle this for him?

    Pretty ironic

  28. He does not have a case. He was not fired for his actions. He is unemployed because he choose to be. He refused less money during a possible trade. He made it clear that he wanted to be starter with top dollar pay. He had the perfect coach for him and when the coach left, he was left exposed. The NFL and the owners didn’t make him leave the game.

  29. I wish all of the kneeling stuff would stop getting in the way of the fact that he’s not a very good QB anymore. Trust me, if a team thought he could help them win he’d be on a roster right now. Go look at other current free agents who were solid starters not too long ago & are now unemployed. Nick Mangold & Darrelle Revis come to mind just to name a few. He is also going to be 30 in a couple weeks so it’s not like he is some young player in his prime.

  30. I’m a Packers fan, and I’m absolutely furious at the idea that the Packers wouldn’t kick the tires on Kaep.

    Hundley is not a starting caliber quarterback. That much is obvious from seeing him play. Kaep has been to a Super Bowl, and you have to have a real short memory to pretend he hasn’t beaten teams with both his legs and his arm.

    Kaep is the only way for the Pack to save their season. If they don’t look at him, it absolutely suggests collusion.

  31. kcchefs58 says:
    October 15, 2017 at 6:02 pm
    He has a case, whether people want to admit it or not.

    60 198 Rate This

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    collusion is almost impossible to prove

  32. The NFL sells popularity. The only people Kaepernik is popular with are people that don’t watch the NFL and “Don’t even know how to sports LAWLZ.” He’s not popular with the NFL’s fanbase.

  33. “His grievance, however, could cause teams to view him differently (even though the filing of a grievance should not be held against him).”

    Mike, try doing something on NBC tv that management doesn’t want you to do. Then file a grievance against NBC.
    You would be gone from the payroll in a blink of an eye. That’s how being an employee works.

  34. but…but…but…I thought that it was all about the cause. He knew what he was doing when he knelt. I thought the whole point was that he didn’t care about consequences as long as he was generating awareness. I’m crushed and surprised that he is now making it all about…HIM. Truth is, and this move is just one example, that it has always been about Kaep, and always will be. Just phony trying to create drama for a cause that he doesn’t even believe in.

  35. What could his argument be? No team will hire me because I knelt during the national anthem?! Over 200 players have knelt during the national anthem this year and nobody was fired.

  36. I think that in order to have a case, he needs to prove that not only was he a better QB than most QBs hired once he became a free agent but also that he was a better fit for the teams that signed new QBs. To top it off, he needs to prove that there was a concerted effort to deny him employment opportunities.

    Ironically, this comes after the NFL and the owners went publicly against Trump to uphold the right of the players to protest. Yet he claims that secretly the NFL doesn’t want him because of his protests.

    I’ll be surprised if he manages to prove even one of the three claims to be correct.

  37. I love it!

    Kaepernick spends his remaining money on lawyers only to lose to the NFL’s super deep pockets and the only time we’ll hear from him is in the drive through.
    Kidding- some far left group will hire him for something.

  38. Also a Classic case of shooting oneself in the foot. Be careful of what you do when your climbing the ladder, cause you may be about to fall off. Be nice to people when you are in their eye also cause you may fall from their esteem when you do something that agitates them. Fact of life!

  39. Please just go away CK!!! You have zero chance of winning that case!!!! You made your bed, now sleep in it!!

  40. Die hard niner fan here…
    He sucks, this has nothing to do with kneeling, that definitely doesnt help his cause but neither does his silence or dumbass girlfriend who opens her mouth too much and tweets too much…
    He has elite athletic gifts but that doesnt mean jack when you cant reaf defenses, throw 94 mph fastballs at your wide receivers and stare one guy down repeatedly…
    Even if he won this case, anyone signing him would be doing it out of pressure and pity, which makes him look even worse.
    Go away colin and do the work you love, we regular joes want to watch football not protests on sundays when we just trying to take a breath from reality… good luck to you

  41. kcchefs58 says:
    October 15, 2017 at 6:02 pm
    He has a case, whether people want to admit it or not.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    No, he has made a claim. Proving collusion without subpoena power is next to impossible and even with it you would need someone to be stupid enough to leave evidence of it. Whether Kaepernick or the union likes it or not NFL teams have a right to make business decisions based on the bottom line. If anything Bisciotti’s statement is the opposite of proof of collusion.

  42. The problem with CK’s fight is his numbers don’t add up. Police brutality of African Americans? Just because you’re the loudest doesn’t make you right. Blacks make up 13.2 % of the population. That 13.2% is responsible for 50% of all crime in the US. 26 blacks were killed last year. Whites make up 43% of the population commit 29% of all crime and there were 1067 whites killed by police last year.

  43. Delusional sense of self entitlement at play here. Probably bad advisors also whispering in his ear all along that life owes him and that if it doesnt come through it could only be an evil plot. Hint…life owes nobody anything ever. Nobody…ever.

  44. irishstout says:

    I’m a Packers fan, and I’m absolutely furious at the idea that the Packers wouldn’t kick the tires on Kaep.

    Hundley is not a starting caliber quarterback. That much is obvious from seeing him play. Kaep has been to a Super Bowl, and you have to have a real short memory to pretend he hasn’t beaten teams with both his legs and his arm.

    Kaep is the only way for the Pack to save their season. If they don’t look at him, it absolutely suggests collusion.
    ================================================================

    The Packers don’t run a read option offense. And they don’t have a line that can open hole to run through. And Kaepernick is no pocket passer. It seems you would know that.

  45. Opted out of his contract and into a role as Internet socialist. Now it’s all somebody else’s fault. So predictable.

  46. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    October 15, 2017 at 6:04 pm
    Bigots’ heads exploding around the nation in 3, 2, 1…

    ++++++++++++++++++
    Cant come up with any better reason? Just pull pull out the old tried and true race card.

  47. A lot of people, including kaepernick, are in denial. Reality is that kaepernick is not a good passer. When the read option was the gimmick, kaepernick was great in that system. He has proven he is a one trick pony and the teams have shown no interest based mostly on hos skill at the position. The extra baggage did him No favors either.

  48. seattle brought him in for a visit, therefore no collusion. you arent entitled to a job in the NFL like you arent entitled to a job anywhere else. welcome to the real world, colin.

  49. Hey Kaepernick, do you think the Castro regime would allow you to file a ridiculous lawsuit like this in Cuba?

  50. While I don’t agree with the whole kneeling ordeal going on that Kap started, there is no denying that he would instantly make a handful of NFL teams better if he were starting for them over the current choices. If the object for an NFL team is to field the best possible team, Kap should have been signed a long time ago.

  51. veloman75 says:
    October 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm
    A major flaw in his argument is many players kneel and they have jobs. Case closed.

    —————-
    Things the NFL lawyers can bring up and make him speak to if he really wants to push this…
    – His inital ask for a starting job and pay. (and not sure what he asks nowadays, if its not backup pay thats a problem)
    – His girlfriend calling out the Ravens owner as a racist while the devision was still pending.
    – as mentioned, the other kneeling players having jobs

    Plus they can have scouts give their case why they dont feel he is a good football player. Folks can agree ir not, but trust that an experienced NFL scout can prove anything the NFL asks him to.
    – Plus they can easily make the case he is a walking media distraction.
    – Plus the timeline of when he started his protest can easily be construed as sulking over the benching and the social issue just being a means to strong arm the team into not being able to cut him before his salary vecame guaranteed. Folks can agree with that or not but trust an experienced lawyer can paintbthat picture in a courtroom.

    There is a lot of fodder here for the NFL lawyers to work with and trust they will use every bit of it with no restraint.
    – The NFL does have very good lawyers.
    – The NFL does not have very nice lawyers.

  52. distracted9 says:
    October 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm
    The problem with CK’s fight is his numbers don’t add up. Police brutality of African Americans? Just because you’re the loudest doesn’t make you right. Blacks make up 13.2 % of the population. That 13.2% is responsible for 50% of all crime in the US. 26 blacks were killed last year. Whites make up 43% of the population commit 29% of all crime and there were 1067 whites killed by police last year.

    ————
    None of that has any bearing on a court case about what he is suing for. No ones opinion either way on his protest has any bearing.

  53. While I do think teams are shying away from him at least in part because of the protest (which is unfortunate), I do not think it is a matter of collusion. I think it is a matter of the personal preferences of owners/front office/coaches, the near pathological avoidance of distractions amongst teams, and economic concerns (a large portion of the nfl fan base is not exactly, uh, progressive[was that put delicately enough not to offend any of the morons who comment here?]).

  54. Who has Kaepernick been working with to make himself a better quarterback? Who has he been working with to help him learn how to read NFL defenses, something he never learned? Who has he hired to help him play the NFL game? Nobody. All he’s done is take some shots at cops, and owners, talk about inequality something he’s never talked about before until he got benched. At that point he grew an Afro, embraced his blackhood, and started playing the victim card. The guys an all out pathetic loser.

  55. What a generation! With every action there is a consequence. Soon the NFL will have rooms with coloring books for players that can’t make it.

  56. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    October 15, 2017 at 6:04 pm
    Bigots’ heads exploding around the nation in 3, 2, 1…
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    If by bigots you mean racists then you may want to read the comments again. The racist comments appear to be behind Kaepernick in this article and many others.

  57. leatherface2012 says:
    October 15, 2017 at 6:40 pm
    dont worry mr. entitled.. green bay will sign you.

    ————
    Its conceivable they were giving it some thought. And if so then this is a horribly timed tactical move. If so this would be the second time he had a chance to get on a team and something comes out of his camp at just the right moment to blow it all up. I almost wonder if he wants to be careful nothing disrupts his martyr status. Like he is worried that if he ever got on a field again he could get exposed as simply a loser, and martyr is better.

  58. Easy solution to grievance:
    1. W-L record compared to every present QB
    2. Age of every QB
    3. QBR and passer rating compared to every QB
    4. Yards, TDS, rushing yards compared to every QB
    5. Intangibles like playoff record and SB appearances
    6. Use last 30 years QB stats as control group

    If this info shows CK is in the bottom 5%, he loses.
    If he’s above that, then something happened.
    If he is costing the owners money with his attitude, the owners are costing CK money with their attitude.
    Interesting how this plays out, because we live in a country that frowns upon discrimination and racism, but this will be a nice litmus test. Hate the system, not the spotlight.

  59. You guys are all laughing, but didn’t Barry Bonds win his collusion case against MLB? I would wait and see what emails, texts, etc are uncovered before you automatically assume he has no case.

  60. If a team does give you another look, I hope you follow basic job interview etiquette when you get that call. Make sure you are polite, humble and wearing your best Fidel Castro shirt and nicest pig socks. Do this and you can’t help win ’em over.

  61. The media can’t risk being on the wrong side of the issue so they play it safe and support Kap. They have no incentive to be objective or dare to argue against Kap for fear of being called racist or bigoted. So we just have article after article with safe bloggers and reporters refusing to look at facts, do any research on Kap’s protest, or anything beyond espouse the safe cliche lines.

    And if this is collusion, does Ray Rice have a case? After he served his time off, no team touched him. Was that collusion? Or could it be a result of his awful statistics…somewhat similar to Kap’s situation? If all teams figure they can’t win with the fans if they sign Kap, why would they do so? It wouldn’t benefit their bottom line, and the benefit with Kap is meager at best.

  62. There are only ten active quarterbacks who have a higher career passer rating than Kaepernick does. His rating is higher than TWENTY FIVE hall of fame quarterbacks. His last season, with sporadic playing time on an awful 49ers team, he still had 4:1 TD:INT ratio.

    Brandon Weeden is over four years older, missed the entire 2016 season, has a career 31:30 TD:INT ratio, isn’t the ideal style to replace a mobile QB (one career rushing TD).

    Kevin Hogan. Case Keenum. Trevor Siemian. Blake Bortles. Jay Cutler. Josh McCown. Matt Cassel. Even Brian Hoyer. You cannot honestly tell me that Colin Kaepernick is a worse quarterback, on field, than every one of those other guys.

  63. ronniethelimodriver says:
    October 15, 2017 at 6:57 pm
    You guys are all laughing, but didn’t Barry Bonds win his collusion case against MLB?
    ___________________________________________________

    Bonds lost his case. I wasn’t laughing at the last act of a desperate Kaepernick but now I am laughing at you.

  64. Maybe Tim Tebow,Jeff George,RG3 and Daunte Culpepper could all file a collusion grievance as 32 teams thought they were not good enough. Give it rest Mr Kaepernick and move on to your new life endeavors. Oh wait you don’t have any other than the NFL soap box.

  65. “Valentino8100 says:
    October 15, 2017 at 6:13 pm
    Sounds as though his legal counsel is about as competent (or desperate) as his social sciences instructor.”

    His legal counsel defended Scott Peterson. We know how that turned out. And he (Garagos) still says peterson is innocent.

  66. Go read Andy Benoit’s June 7, 2017 article at MMQB for an excellent explanation of why Krapernick is unemployed as an NFL QB. It is most certainly NOT collusion!

  67. I bet million dollars the nfl pays him off. I hope they dont. Would love to see the owners emails on the subject. Let’s see how many nfl owners are like the clippers former owner in private.

  68. I just did some digging on the Baltimore incident. Ray Lewis said they were going to sign him until his Kaep’s girlfriend posted an objectionable picture on Twitter. When this case goes to court all the NFL has to do is bring this incident up and show that he’s out of a job because he and his girlfriend are whackjobs. I hope she’s worth it because he has thrown away his NFL career by taking her advice on what to do. It’d be interesting to see if this case even gets to trial. The NFL can call her to the stand and everything would come out and he’d come out looking like a total fool.

  69. This’colluusion’ thing is becoming the go to excuse for crazy radical liberal these days. Just accuse people of stuff and see what sticks. Pathetic

  70. “If he is costing the owners money with his attitude, the owners are costing CK money with their attitude.”

    This doesn’t make any sense, the owners OWN teams, while Kap is only as valuable as the market will bare. Kap doesn’t have a right to play in the NFL so if the can’t find a job at an agreed to price then he is losing nothing because there never was a job there in the first place. The owners on the other hand have a cash flow that exists, if it is disrupted they are losing money.

  71. This thread is exactly what I needed

    All these wildly irrational, uninformed, illogical statements from all sides. Reminds me why I checked out in the 2008 election cycle. I’m so sick of these dumb touchstone issues that get everyone (and myself) riled up about what “should” be.

    Bless you all, hug your family, love your neighbor, make the world a better place. I’m done arguing about the crumbs while the breadmakers laugh.

    Yay football, yay America, yay freedom of speech/choice/love/life. I love America and I love waking up every morning and remembering I’m an American. We have it SO GOOD, right????

  72. I’m a Packers fan and they lost Aaron Rodgers for the season today. If the Packers ever signed Colin Kaepernick to a contract — I would burn all my Packers jerseys, hats, and coats. And I’d send my one share of Packers stock to the fans in Minnesota so they could burn that. I am dead serious about this.
    But I don’t have to worry. The chances of that happening are slim and none. If they wanted a jerk on their team, they’d have kept Letroy Guion.
    I would rather lose every game than sign Colin Kaepernick.

  73. I wish I had the money, after failing as an employee to make my employer successful, to sue my employer for failing to employee me. Holy crap, is this what we have devolved to? I sue you because you won’t employ me???

  74. “This is my ticket to the NFL, baby!!! Once I win my lawsuit, just gotta then sue to get on a Super Bowl contender. I’ll call Mike Florio as my key witness. He wrote dozens of articles in my favor. It’ll be slam dunk.”
    CK

  75. He’s finished, and he knows it. This is just a last ditch effort to get on a roster. He’s not on an NFL roster because he can’t truly help a team win..or keep it’s fanbase.

    If it’s collusion, its likely all owners sitting in a room and all saying, “I’m trying, but my GM and coach both say, “No. Not at his price and not at the cost to the franchise.”

    How does anyone sue to be kept as part of a professional sports franchise?

    Clown. Again.

  76. “aj66shanghai says:
    October 15, 2017 at 7:43 pm
    This thread is exactly what I needed

    All these wildly irrational, uninformed, illogical statements from all sides. Reminds me why I checked out in the 2008 election cycle. I’m so sick of these dumb touchstone issues that get everyone (and myself) riled up about what “should” be.

    Bless you all, hug your family, love your neighbor, make the world a better place. I’m done arguing about the crumbs while the breadmakers laugh.

    Yay football, yay America, yay freedom of speech/choice/love/life. I love America and I love waking up every morning and remembering I’m an American. We have it SO GOOD, right????”

    Yes we do, if you have ever traveled anywhere you would know how well we have it. The poorest American lives like a prince compared to 5 BILLION other people. Europe? EVERYTHING is more expensive there and the average European lives at the level of a bottom 10 state after you factor in PPP.

  77. aj66shanghai says:
    All these wildly irrational, uninformed, illogical statements from all sides.
    I’m done arguing about the crumbs while the breadmakers laugh.
    ===

    Because only you make rational, informed and logical statements, and anyone that disagrees with you is the opposite of all that, right?
    If you were truly done you wouldn’t have clicked on this article In the first place.
    Take your fake angst and your moral superiority with you when you leave.

  78. And this friends, is the end of a possible return to the NFL. Also, a new beginning to more bad press for the Kneeling Football League. At least they have Nike and Ford supporting their protests against the country.

  79. If a team had him work out….it’s not collusion….they chose not to sign him because he has no talent or they didn’t want to redesign their whole offense to accommodate a one dimensional player

  80. I’m not a lawyer but let me win this case for the NFL…

    Colin has been funding Know Your Rights. Know Your Rights has been actively boycotting the NFL since September with #BoycottNFL, @theNFLboycott and others.

    Why would you hire someone who is actively trying to hurt your business?

  81. Intersesting that Green Bay was brought up. I didnt know Rogers was injured but they still are now 2 deep without him. Why would they sign Kaep?

  82. Collusion would require that the teams were working together to not sign him. The fact that they are not signing him for the same political/PR reasons is not collusion unless they truly planned together.

  83. I’d bet a large sum of money Keap will live to regret disrespecting all the dead soilders he thumbed his nose at with his Busch league kneeling temper tantrums. A lot of good people in this country are enjoying watching him squirm. Checkmate, sport.

  84. If I had interviewed at a company, and then my girlfriend publicly implied who I interviewed with was a slave master, I don’t think Id be able to sue them if I didn’t get the job

  85. 0 0 Rate This
    bkgrime says:
    October 15, 2017 at 8:04 pm
    I wonder if his girlfriends racist tweets will be brought up during the case???

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    Are you wondering if the NFL lawyers will have even one iota of restraint?

  86. first off who is bankrolling this, soros?
    secondly, he knows hes not going to win, he wants this type of response so his gf can say “look at all the racist white people out there”

  87. “The failure by a club or clubs to negotiate, to submit offer sheets, or to sign contracts with restricted free agents or transition players, or to negotiate, make offers, or sign contracts for the playing services of such players or unrestricted free agents, shall not, by itself or in combination only with evidence about the playing skills of the player(s) not receiving any such offer or contract, satisfy the burden of proof set forth …”

  88. It seems the only way he would be able to win this is if he had an admission. That’s basically what it would take to prove it wasn’t just independent business decisions made by each club.

  89. “In a roundabout way, it’s true, Your Honor. When Mr. Kaepernick chose to kneel during the National Anthem, the paying customers were outraged. They then began writing letters threatening to abstain from watching the games, both in person and on television, and to never buy our team’s merchandise ever again.

    “The paying customers forced our hands, Your Honor. We chose to not hire Mr. Kaepernick because the paying customers would no longer buy our products. So in a roundabout way, we are, in fact, not hiring the plaintiff because he kneels during the National Anthem. We would not hire him then, we would still not hire him today, and we would not hire him tomorrow.”

  90. A very simple question – If he wins this ‘case’ – then what? Would some team be forced to hire him?

    Keep in mind that the large majority of the fans (me included) are against him, and WE are the ones who pay the bills – we buy the game tickets, we buy the season tickets, we buy the souvenirs, we buy the hot dogs, the beer, we pay to park and walk to the stadium, we stand in line at the WC, etc. – WE don’t want him there.

    Silly question – when is the last time any of these SJWs actually paid for a ticket? You clowns have the power of the press and you use it endlessly to promote your own social agenda, which you have the right to do, but we fans whom you so delight in looking down on are the ones who pay for it, and you still don’t get it.

    Which of course brings to mind the question of how smart you are.

  91. There are only ten active quarterbacks who have a higher career passer rating than Kaepernick does. His rating is higher than TWENTY FIVE hall of fame quarterbacks. His last season, with sporadic playing time on an awful 49ers team, he still had 4:1 TD:INT ratio.

    Brandon Weeden is over four years older, missed the entire 2016 season, has a career 31:30 TD:INT ratio, isn’t the ideal style to replace a mobile QB (one career rushing TD).

    Kevin Hogan. Case Keenum. Trevor Siemian. Blake Bortles. Jay Cutler. Josh McCown. Matt Cassel. Even Brian Hoyer. You cannot honestly tell me that Colin Kaepernick is a worse quarterback, on field, than every one of those other guys.

    ______________________________________
    CK Carrier stats
    28-30 as a started
    64 QBR
    59% completion percentage
    177 Yards per game ave

    All spells mediocre at best, but wants to be a starter and paid like one, go figure nobody is interested.

  92. Anybody will have to wait in line behind Tim Tebow if they think the NFL colluded to keep them out of the NFL.

  93. The fact that Kaepernick hired an LA celebrity lawyer instead of a real labor relations lawyer is proof that this is nothing more than a pathetic publicity stunt. Kaepernick will eventually have someone ghost-write a book and make rounds on all the morning and late-night talk shows. There is no substance to any of what Kaepernick is doing here.

  94. he has made it clear he’d rather be a militant than a qb…he opted out of the 49ers contract & declined baltimore’s offer…the only collusion is his delusions keeping him from logical thought

  95. When is the last time this dude actually worked out and practiced??? not counting protesting. lol

  96. Some people think that the Packers should not take a chance on him even if they have nothing to lose by giving him a one year contract. Are they saying that the loyal cheeseheads will boycott their own team for trying to win by bringing in Kap? Makes no sense to me. The fact that no team would even give him a chance is strong proof that there is collusion.

  97. What’s this? I thought he was perfectly content roaming the world doing his good Samaritan, misunderstood super-hero bit. I guess eventually the bills come due…

  98. Like any entertainment business, the star of the show must be able to attract audiences. Kaepernick is not able to attract the audience of anyone not also socially labelled a traitor, no where near a ‘star’ outside of the newly founded ‘Federation of Socialist Communities’ (otherwise known as California) & pretty much sucks as a QB. Do they allow people to file suit against themselves? Because he is the only one to blame for his failure as an NFL player (or a person in general).

  99. dumbaseinstien says:
    October 16, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Like any entertainment business, the star of the show must be able to attract audiences. Kaepernick is not able to attract the audience of anyone not also socially labelled a traitor, no where near a ‘star’ outside of the newly founded ‘Federation of Socialist Communities’ (otherwise known as California) & pretty much sucks as a QB. Do they allow people to file suit against themselves? Because he is the only one to blame for his failure as an NFL player (or a person in general).
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    Let me guess, you’ve never been west of the Mississippi and voted for frump.

    Kap’ was blackballed for taking a righteous stand on a grave and racial social issue. This should be the first step before outright suing the NFL

  100. No team wants a backup that causes polarization like a Tim Tebow is an example or possibly alienating their fan base.

  101. I can’t stand Kap & his racist beliefs. But I would love for the NFL to lose 100’s of million of dollars to him. Roger let the movement start & has done nothing to stop it. It would be poetic justice now.

  102. (Not counting the 9ers)

    There’s no way 30 billionaires and the Packers team rep got together and said they’re not signing Kaep. No chance. Nor would that ever be proven in a court of law.

    Did 31 GMs/decision makers sit quietly in their office, or in a group of staffers and decide “We just can’t sign this guy”??… ABSO-freakin’-LUTELY!

    Is ^ THAT collusion. H@LL NO!

  103. Kneeling aside, Kap wasn’t very good anymore. If he could play at a high level, he would have a job.

  104. besides the obvious … not all 32 teams needed a QB … Lets not forget he opted out .. he also turned down a trade to the Broncos because he didnt want to take less money . All these things right there make it a fail. Now he is just embarrassing himself

  105. I almost want a team to sign Kaepernick if only so that his lack of talent can be on full display. NFL players support him because he isn’t on a team. Once he was on a team, players on the other 31 teams would suddenly want to stop him. His goofy “cause” for his “protest” wouldn’t quite be so endearing.

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