Goodell gets a ticket to the Kaepernick deposition party

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With an ever-growing list of owners joining the Colin Kaepernick deposition dance card, it was inevitable that the leader of the band would have to go under oath and answer questions from Kaepernick’s counsel, Mark Geragos.

Via Adam Schefter of ESPN, Commissioner Roger Goodell has joined the list of people to be deposed by Kaepernick’s lawyer in the pending collusion case. Goodell’s text messages and emails (subject to a list of approved search terms) also have been targeted.

Kaepernick’s lawyer also seeks to question NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent and NFL senior V.P of player engagement Arthur McAfee.

As one source explained it, the standard approach for arbitrations under the CBA is to allow five depositions per side. It’s unknown in this case whether the arbitrator has approved the request to depose Goodell and various owners, including Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, Bob McNair, Paul Allen, and Jed York. It’s safe to assume that the NFL will oppose the effort to question Goodell, since the NFL has typically done that in past cases involving any attempt to force Goodell, a non-lawyer, to joust a skilled and experienced attorney on a legal high wire, without a net.

Maybe it’s the effort to question Goodell under oath that will result in Goodell doing what his predecessor would have done by now — making an off-the-record deal with a team to sign Kaepernick and ensuring that this whole thing go away. If Geragos gets a chance to grill Goodell and various other owners, the worst-case scenario for Goodell possibly will entail something worse than simply losing the case.

48 responses to “Goodell gets a ticket to the Kaepernick deposition party

  1. You know how to get fired…. you make your bosses who are all powerful Billionaires with strong political connections, testify in a courtroom full of reporters and TV cameras on something you should have squashed a year ago. That’s how you get fired.

  2. Clearly the best option is to arrange for a sucky team that needs a QB *cough* Cleveland, to sign Kaepernick, and let him go out and show how bad he truly is.

    End of collusion case

  3. So really at this point you’re just happy with a “win” by getting a team, any team, to make a “token” hire of the guy?

    If I was an NFL owner I’d go to my grave making certain that guy didn’t even set foot in my stadium as a fan.

  4. There is a silver lining to all of this.
    We all know that Kaeperneck will never get a job in the league again, but now his lawyer is going to drain his bank account until the case is over, or the disrespectful clown goes broke……..but he will never win any damages against the league.

    Goodell should go, Kaeperneck can go rot away somewhere, and Jerry Jones and crew should drop the hammer on every disrespectful player in the league

  5. I’m waiting for Kap to add President Trump to the list.
    If Kap did this to Slick Willy or Hillary Clinton, he’d be in a shallow grave by now.

  6. Funny how lawyers think legal issues are so fascinating or dramatic. That’s one thing I love about doctors, they never bore you by talking about medical stuff outside of work

  7. Has this cased even been decided to be heard? Seems to me that the courts have not decided to hear the case. This is just another stunt by Colin. So which owner would have Paul T made the deal with?

  8. The biggest issue I see is that there are a lot of NFL teams that are losing and don’t have a QB as good as Kaepernick, yet they’re choosing to not compete. These teams are all making so much money whether they win or lose. I really wish they’d change the way they divide up the TV revenue so that the winning teams get a much bigger portion. Teams are being rewarded financially for being bad. That’s eventually going to hurt the game way more than this Kaepernick thing.

  9. Iknowitall says:
    November 5, 2017 at 9:51 am

    There is a silver lining to all of this.
    We all know that Kaeperneck will never get a job in the league again, but now his lawyer is going to drain his bank account until the case is over, or the disrespectful clown goes broke……..but he will never win any damages against the league.
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    Excellent point. Add that to the fact most pro players are broke an average of only 2 years after their playing career ends and I see a sad future ahead.

  10. This case seems simple to me. Every NFL owner should say, “We don’t feel a player who wears socks depicting police as pigs represents our organization well.” – Case closed!

  11. This is a powerful strongarm tactic. Goodells adversion to testifying under oath is as obvious as the resons for it. Not being allowed to lie is a crippling thing for folks that are used to being free to do so. The NFL might decide here that its the lesser of two evils to “making an off-the-record deal with a team to sign Kaepernick” which is of course collusion, the irony is fascinating.

  12. If Goodell make an “off the record deal with a team to sign kaepernick” then they are literally colluding against whatever player gets cut to make room.

    And the NFL would then be facist a well.

  13. Logical to depose him to see what evidence might exist, but real lawyers know that just because you’re taking a deposition doesn’t mean the witness actually has any information to support your claims. Sometimes they are the so-called fishing expedition. Florii’s predilections clear as always.

    It would be surprising if Goodell were foolish enough to have retained any evidence clearly supporting the notion of conspiracy. That’s what company “record retention policies” are about. Basic lawyering.

  14. Love it. Goodell must be squirming like the little worm of a man he is.

    This is the league’s worst nightmare, getting owners like Irsay, and Goodell who both times he was testifying before Federal judges was found lying by those judges

    Goodell is getting what he wants, that people will enjoy the soap opera more than the games. Of course he never expected to be the star villain getting grilled in court.

    Would love it is Kap was the final straw that gets the most corrupt sports commissioner in modern American history booted from his job

  15. “real lawyers know that just because you’re taking a deposition doesn’t mean the witness actually has any information to support your claims’

    Entirely true. But look at Goodell’s history just with deflategate. He told something like 57 documented lies during the process. One of which was the claim that Brady refused to cooperate with Ted Wells, and kept the records of those interviews sealed until Judge Berman forced them to be opened up. And voila, turned out Brady cooperated with Wells in any way he was asked to and Goodell was lying.

    Who knows what might come out in court if get him on the stand.

  16. Holy crap! Let it go Kaep. You suck! That alone keeps you out.

    Plus you’re a nuisance to any team dynamic. Regardless of if your beliefs are correct.

    Go get a job.

  17. Please make him go away!!! He made his own bed, with the choices he made! One reaps what they sow…….

  18. papathorson says:
    November 5, 2017 at 10:05 am
    Iknowitall says:
    November 5, 2017 at 9:51 am

    There is a silver lining to all of this.
    We all know that Kaeperneck will never get a job in the league again, but now his lawyer is going to drain his bank account until the case is over, or the disrespectful clown goes broke……..but he will never win any damages against the league.
    =================================================
    Excellent point. Add that to the fact most pro players are broke an average of only 2 years after their playing career ends and I see a sad future ahead.
    ==================================================

    Kaepernick will be standing on a busy street corner holding up a cardboard sign that reads “WILL STAND FOR FOOD”

  19. If Kaep got a roster slot on a team because of this case and not football that constitutes collusion. That also means that the slot has to be taken away from another player so it can be awarded. Does that other player not then have a collusion case, and a more easily provable one at that?

  20. If they could televise Goodell’s deposition, it would get better ratings than Thursday night football. They could even do pay per view, I’ll bet.

  21. nhpats says:
    November 5, 2017 at 11:20 am
    A team should offer Kaep a job to play Center and run the ball right up the middle every play until Kaep heads to IR

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    No, they should (and he should allow) make him a WR. He is quite fast that has always been his strength and as an ex qb his hands are likely to be better than average. There could suddenly be real football reasons for a team taking him, he could find he can command more salary too.

    If he wants to discuss the career implications on giving up being a qb to be a wr instead he should start by talking to Julien Edelman.

  22. Jim Aranyi says:
    November 5, 2017 at 9:48 am
    You know how to get fired…
    ______________________________________________________

    Yeah you suspend one of Jerry’s kids for 6 games. BTW, most of those those billionaires will never end up giving depositions never mind sit in the witness stand.

  23. midnightcusk says:
    November 5, 2017 at 11:48 am
    Please god please god please god have them ask him to turn over his cell phone…

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    Your wish is granted. They did.

    How many people here are, completely outside any feelings they have for or against Kaep, totally loving this the idea of Goodell having to hand over his phone and email recods plus testify under oath. Priceless!!

  24. 3 1 Rate This
    davikes says:
    November 5, 2017 at 11:44 am
    If they could televise Goodell’s deposition, it would get better ratings than Thursday night football. They could even do pay per view, I’ll bet.

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    Lord knows the NFL could use the ratings bump. What if they started having a regular halftime show “Commish under oath”. He gets sworn in and a panel gets to ask him 10 minutes of any questions they want. They could even have a way they people actually watching games (a number they give during the broadcast) get to be in a lottery to be on the panel.

  25. If the NFL caves what stops any player (every player) that is not currently on a team from claiming collusion? If the NFL shows they are just scared of the deposition phase then they are through. The truth obviously does not matter since Florio is advocating the NFL to perform collusion to end this case. The NFL should just stick to their guns at this point and let the case go where it may. If they did something stupid and it comes out… well then you learned a lesson to not be stupid and will pay the price…. just like Kaep. You do not cover up one mistake by making another.

  26. wib22 says:
    November 5, 2017 at 9:51 am
    Any reason why belicheat isn’t on the list? He passed on keep for a worse hoyer

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    Because you cant subpoena people that dont exist.

  27. how can somebody force a private company to hire someone they don’t want to hire? i really don’t know.

  28. horsepedlr says:
    November 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm
    how can somebody force a private company to hire someone they don’t want to hire? i really don’t know.

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    It would require an act of collusion. That’s the big irony that sits right in the middle of all this.

  29. LMAO! Florio acts like these billionaire businessmen have never faced a deposition. Not to mention the owners will have a team of highly paid lawyers with them. The owners will use the deposition as a way of getting away from the wife for a few days, eat at a new restaurant and take an escort back to their hotel.

  30. I still don’t understand why any team should be FORCED to put Kaepernick on their team – whether it’s truly a football decision or a PR decision. This entire plot is outright ridiculous.

    And so, if you guys get your way and a team is forced to put this guy on his team – whether by choice or some “backroom deal” – do you not realize how badly the chemistry of the team will be??? The very moment Kaepernick throws an interception, every news outlet in the world will start dissecting every thing about his play and whether he should even be on the team.

    I can’t stand Kaepernick for the mess he started here – but this situation wouldn’t even be fair to HIM!!

    At this point, it really is time for him to move on. If a team doesn’t want him, they shouldn’t be forced to add him!! It will be unfair to the team, it will be unfair to Kaepernick, and will serve NO PURPOSE but to make an ugly situation worse for ALL parties involved…

  31. limakey says:
    November 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Has this cased even been decided to be heard? Seems to me that the courts have not decided to hear the case. This is just another stunt by Colin. So which owner would have Paul T made the deal with?
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    Tagliabue was a real commissioner, so this nonsense would never have gotten this far.

  32. jhtobias says:
    November 5, 2017 at 12:53 pm
    How come progressive liberal Seattle gets a pass ?? they passed on him and don’t they have Boykin as their backup ??? such double standards

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    He only gets so many depositions so he went after the most influential owners. Their big hope is guys that dont want to gand over records and be deposed press for an under the table deal. So they went after Goodell and the guys that are most likely to put the most heat on him. Although Im a bit surprised Mara didnt make the list.

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