NFL may still oppose effort to question owners, Goodell

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With an ever-expanding list of potential witnesses to be questioned during sworn depositions as part of the discovery process in the Colin Kaepernick collusion grievance, there’s an important point to keep in mind: The NFL has yet to respond to the requested roster of deponents. The league could, as it has done in past cases, fight aggressively against any obligation to make people like Roger Goodell, Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, and others available to testify.

Kaepernick’s lawyers have offered to take the depositions anywhere the requested witnesses prefer, and Kaepernick’s lawyers have agreed in advance to a reasonable (in their view) time limit for each session. Stephen Burbank, the System Arbitrator who eventually will resolve the case, will preside over any disputes regarding evidence to be produced or witnesses to be questioned. At this point, disputes are indeed expected.

The NFL had no comment regarding the possibility of opposing efforts to question witnesses.

Regarding Kaepernick’s effort to get text messages or emails from owners and other key figures, the requests were narrowly tailored as to time, date, and search terms, in order to anticipate the various objections that the NFL’s lawyers will make. Still, don’t be surprised if lawyers who bill by the hour and who pride themselves on keeping the opponent from getting what it wants try to restrict access not only to witnesses but also to documents.

31 responses to “NFL may still oppose effort to question owners, Goodell

  1. I think the only way they could force them to give a deposition would be to ask them direct questions about collusion and that’s all. Everyone being deposed will have their lawyer with them who would object to anything not directly related to collusion. This will go nowhere.

  2. Kaepernick’s efforts are frivolous at best. No one should be made to answer questions about why no one wants Kaepernick on their team. A trouble making game manager? Who would sign him? Oh, and if you think Kaepernick is good, you don’t know enough about football to have an opinion on the issue.

  3. They should oppose it. You can’t just make up a story and then start subpoenaing cell phones and records.The NFL Has plenty of Lawyers sitting around doing nothing. Might as well make use of them. They only frame up one player a year(It’s a clause in the CBA) and they’ve already addressed that.

  4. So.. wait.

    The teams of the NFL are independent companies, and the charge of collusion stems from all of them suddenly acting in concert with each other to achieve a desired end. Wouldn’t the league trying to prevent individual owners from testifying constitute the same?

  5. Maybe if he were a decent qb, he would be employed. Yes he is a distraction, but so are a lot of other players that can play football. This is garbage. Sit down Kapp

  6. Trying to figure it out here, the players have the right to communicate with each other showing their frustration …OK
    Owners Communicating their frustration…Collusion
    Is there a different Constitution for Players?

  7. chipper41 says:
    November 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm
    Sounds like Kaep should start a gofundme. Lawyers ain’t cheap
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    Contingency, aka losing is cheap, but winning will take 40%. Have you not heard of this ? Have you ever gone to school?

  8. dubdubs15 says:
    November 5, 2017 at 9:03 pm
    chipper41 says:
    November 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm
    Sounds like Kaep should start a gofundme. Lawyers ain’t cheap
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    Contingency, aka losing is cheap, but winning will take 40%. Have you not heard of this ? Have you ever gone to school?

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    Oh you think this is a slam dunk case to the point where geragos is going to depose countless people who will also be fully lawyered up and possibly take this to the limit on a contingency basis? Well if that’s the situation Geragos should start a gofundme too.

  9. Ewhite1065 says:
    November 5, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    They should oppose it. You can’t just make up a story and then start subpoenaing cell phones and records.
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    Works for the NFL.

  10. pantherpro says:
    November 5, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Owners and Trump are all losers1
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    In your world Billionaires and a President that crushed 16 Establishment politicians and the MSMedia’s choice that outspent him two to one and is now governing over an economy that has unemployment at lowest levels in 40 years, consumer confidence at decade highs, and jobs that the previous Admin said were gone for good returning are losers.

    What does that make you and coach-surfing Kaepernick?

  11. I’ve never been a fan of goodell or the nfl.

    But in this case I think it’s ridiculous that anyone thinks two owners discussing a player is a crime or collusion.

    How ridiculous this world is getting

  12. This is weaponizing the legal system. How can a player expect to legally force someone to hire him after he used his position in the NFL to alienate the fanbase? Just because he thinks his politics are pure and right not everybody may agree. Protesting during the anthem made things worse. This guy is toxic.

  13. So, remind me… where is it written that team owners can’t agree with each other to not hire a player of questionable talent and definite problems?

    Collusion is not a crime unless what is being colluded about is an illegal act. There is nothing illegal about not hiring any player.

  14. hickoryhigh says:
    November 5, 2017 at 7:15 pm
    Why do we need evidence and proof when the collusion is so obvious?
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    Perhaps because what you see as obvious most of us see as laughable.

  15. In your world Billionaires and a President that crushed 16 Establishment politicians and the MSMedia’s choice that outspent him two to one and is now governing over an economy that has unemployment at lowest levels in 40 years, consumer confidence at decade highs, and jobs that the previous Admin said were gone for good returning are losers.

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    You forgot lowest approval rating of any president over the last 70 years and also under investigation for collusion with Russia and possibly money laundering.

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