Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh to be questioned Thursday in Colin Kaepernick collusion grievance

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On Wednesday, the Ravens announced that they’ll soon be signing quarterback Robert Griffin III. On Thursday, the team’s General Manager and head coach will be questioned under oath in a grievance filed by another quarterback who ultimately wasn’t offered a job.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh will be questioned at the team’s facility on Thursday, as part of Colin Kaepernick‘s collusion grievance. Kaepernick has the right to be present for the event, if he so chooses. (He attended the deposition of Texans owner Bob McNair in Houston.)

It’s possibly not a coincidence that the Ravens disclosed that they’ve worked out Griffin that they’ll sign him next week one day before these depositions. With the Ravens offering Griffin a contract last year (but not offering one to Kaepernick), Newsome and Harbaugh already were going to be grilled about their preference of Griffin to Kaepernick. Making it known that Griffin soon will be joining the team provides a degree of transparency that can’t make things worse, and that possibly will make things better. With Griffin’s eventual addition to the roster out in the open, neither Newsome nor Harbaugh will be tempted to get cute (which witnesses often tend to do) when asked about Griffin vs. Kaepernick. The fact that they’ll be signing Griffin slams the door on any effort to engage in verbal swordplay regarding what would have been hypothetical or potential interest in Griffin.

Regardless, Newsome and Harbaugh will be asked plenty of questions about why the team deemed Griffin to be a better option than Kaepernick. Those answers will then become part of the broader collection of evidence that eventually will be massaged by Kaepernick’s lawyers into support for his claim that the NFL’s teams colluded to keep him unemployed because of his role at the forefront of the protests that occurred during the national anthem before games.

78 responses to “Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh to be questioned Thursday in Colin Kaepernick collusion grievance

  1. Doesn’t help that Kaepernick’s girlfriend was on social media slamming on the Ravens owner at the same time they were considering bringing CK on board. I’d love to be a fly on the wall during that deposition.

  2. Of course there’s collusion. There’s no other way to explain how no team will take a chance on his talent, instead settling for some of the bums that are playing behind Center. At the same time Kaepernick has to be willing to accept a back up position until he can prove he should start.

    In other news..the Eagles are SB LII Champions. FLY EAGLES FLY!!!

  3. I don’t understand why this is so difficult to understand for some people. Colin was a flash in the pan. Once teams figured out his game was all physical and very little mental (I’m gonna run because I can’t pass accurately) and realized that he could never be a pocket passer he became one dimensional. It’s all about him being not so great at football, and very little about his whatever it was with the kneeling thing, which accomplished little for anyone. RGIII was a flash in the pan as well, and that will be evident when he’s released before the regular season.

  4. I wish he’d just go away. If no one wants to sign him, that’s their right. They don’t want someone potentially toxic to their organization. Period.

  5. So is this going to happen from now on every time Kaepernick gets passed over for an opening? Stuff like this is ruining the NFL.

  6. Honestly what a farce. If kaepernick’s lawyer could please contact me after the case i can think of about six or seven companies i would like to sue because they didn’t hire me for jobs i was not qualified for

  7. Kaep should be playing in the NFL. It’s a joke that he isn’t at least a backup somewhere.

  8. This is stupid. He’s the one who voided his own deal with SF. He wasn’t cut. He did it to himself. He fired himself from the league. He is not entitled to an NFL job. No one is.

  9. NFL Owners have proven in the past that if an athlete has enough talent to overcome the social stigma attached to them they would do it in a heartbeat. Ala Greg Hardy, Terrell Owens, Donte Stalworth and dozens of others. I’d love an NFL owner to come out and say it like it is. “Kap is a midling quarterback who actually possesses a quarter of the talent he believes he does. Even if he had half of that talent, he would be on a team. But he isnt worth the protests and media BS that signing him would bring.”

  10. If the Ravens don’t want the circus that is Colin Kaepernick and without any interference from other owners – can’t we agree there is no collusion? Marginal player for a world of headaches – no thanks.

  11. Two QB’s that completely lick but the difference is RG3 didn’t try and sue the NFL. Kaep’s skill set has deteriorated, he has become a self made victim diva, spend all his time whining like a little girl and is suing the league he wants to play for. RG3 skills have deteriorated and he went away quietly to re-hone his skills. Who do I want?

  12. You can not like what Kap did but it’s obvious that he’s being black-listed by the owners.

  13. Yea… and Heinz Ketchup lawyers want to question why I only like mustard on my hotdogs… ya know… cuz I don’t have the right to determine whats best for my taste buds… just like the Ravens don’t have the right to evaluate which QB is best for their team…

    Do you ever wonder how future generations will look at such grievances…? woman sues because hot coffee burned her tongue…robber sues because during breaking and entering he cuts himself with kitchen knife…but Kaepernick case takes the cake…he wasn’t even physically harmed…if fact the NFL owners did him a favor by preventing him from contracting cte…

  14. Is the go of Keep calling the owner of the Ravens a slave owner to be part of the testimony?

    No? Then this is just a dog and pony show to benefit the lawyers.

  15. If ALL of the owners decided they didnt want the guy, and talked about the fact that they didnt want the guy with each other why is that an issue? How are they obligated to give this guy or any other person they have not entered into a contract with anything?

  16. Nice to see the legal system makes everyone kowtow to the unsubstantiated tantrums of a spoiled, entitled millennial.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if plaintiffs were held fiscally liable for frivolous nonsense like this?

  17. Collusion is not about not preferring one QB or another, or vs. not signing a certain QB who comes with fan protest vs one who doesnt. The NFL does that all the time-just ask Greg Hardy, or Johnny Manzell. The issue is did teams or did they not come together to agree to KEEP Colin out of the league. Two completely different things. What a dumb lawyer Colin has. The first mistake was filing such a lawsuit against the very owners who could rightly so blackball you BECAuse you have elected to sue them. No way I am hiring anybody who has a lawsuit out against me. And these owners are all leaders in their own rite and certainly won’t allow other owners to mandate what they can and cannot do. I mean just look at how they treated Jerry Jones when he tried to come against the ownership group regarding the Zeke Case and the commissioners extension.

    IF Kaep had kept a low profile and apologized for how the protest got out of hand and been more patient. He may already have a job this year. I mean Denver certainly was looking. But no owner is looking for a fan backlash.

  18. Honestly, I think Kap’s lawyer is just taking advantage of him. What are the chances that these teams with their lawyers are going admit or give evidence to collusion which I very much doubts exists.

    If nothing else I would think that a team would be okay with someone else signing Kap because it’d just be a PR disaster. If someone does sign Kap I think the league would handle the protests differently to prevent the previous mistakes.

  19. Kaepernick would have never signed a small signing bonus 1 million dollar deal….he wants starter money in a league that says he isn’t good enough to be a starter and he wants to much money to be a distraction on the sideline……No Collusion….just Statement of Fact

  20. Kaepernick needs to get a life! You can’t sue someone to force them to hire you. He isn’t even that good! It would be one thing if he was an all-pro but his last good season was in 2013 which was 5 years ago! His time came and went! And this lawsuit is pathetic!

  21. But Newsome could outright say “We chose Griffin over Kappernick because fans felt offended by Kappernick” – and it wouldnt hurt the NFLs case. It would probably make it stronger.

  22. Kaepernick just keeps embarrassing himself. This is like an episode of As The World turns. My Grandmother watched it everyday. Kaepernick and his mindless GF got what they wanted supposedly. Dialogue on something most of America already forgot. If anyone collided it was Kaepernick and his GF and the players that chose to kneel.

  23. Whether one thinks Kap is a bum, does not make up for those believing there was no “colllusion” in other places. If you don’t believe there was any collusion in other places, then trade your trailer for a flat in Russia. You’re not American.

  24. Maybe Colin should’ve thought of this before he sat for the Anthem, then decided to kneel. Don’t mess with our flag and disrespect our vets. Go play in Canada.

  25. Fact – CP is a better QB than some that have jobs. And it doesn’t make sense from a purely talent level that he has not even got a sniff at a job. I must admit I thought he would be employed by now and last year was a kind of punishment.. I always assumed the NFL would hire Jack the Ripper if it made them better and we’re allowed to do it, so clearly something is afoot. The Clubs aren’t having it it seems. A distraction he would be and the protest has really done him in. You can get away with a whole bunch of bad and terrible acts it seems, but don’t start a protest against the flag or that’s it.

  26. One thing i love about the NFL is that it ‘normally’ keeps out of politics, you can just sit back on a sunday and watch game after game and forget about ‘real world issues’. But now we had the protests the other year, there shouldnt be any political protests in the NFL at all.

    Just as Kap wanted to protest i’m glad the owners are essentially protesting by not signing him. Kap could have joined protests and spoken up in the offseason but not during NFL games.

    Kap could easily be a backup at least in the NFL but obviously owners dont want all the crap that comes with signing him, half the fans might like the move, the other half will protest/not go to games. Not worth it.

  27. What a joke. This is exactly what Kaepernick wanted. He loves being a martyr (in his eyes). The fact is, Kaepernick is not a good NFL QB and he decided to demonstrate his own political beliefs to work, which is not allowed anywhere I know of.
    If I were an NFL owner and was asked about Kaepernick, I’d say, “I do not want an anti-American on my team”. Because that’s precisely what he is. Let him go to Cuba and play something down there, since he loved Castro so much.

  28. fishyinalittledishy says:
    April 5, 2018 at 2:29 am
    Fact – CP is a better QB than some that have jobs. And it doesn’t make sense from a purely talent level that he has not even got a sniff at a job. I must admit I thought he would be employed by now and last year was a kind of punishment.. I always assumed the NFL would hire Jack the Ripper if it made them better and we’re allowed to do it, so clearly something is afoot. The Clubs aren’t having it it seems. A distraction he would be and the protest has really done him in. You can get away with a whole bunch of bad and terrible acts it seems, but don’t start a protest against the flag or that’s it.

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    He demonstrated his political beliefs at his job while on the clock. That isn’t allowed anywhere I know of. What is so hard for you defenders of him to understand? I don’t know where you work, but try showing up today with a Confederate or Nazi flag in your hands and see what happens.

  29. Of course there was collusion, as in owner 1 saying to owner 2 – this guy is a (colon) cancer – don’t hire him.

    The fact that such conversations are ‘illegal’ is what is wrong here.

    The owners talk to each other, as do the players.

  30. NFL Collusion? I would tell the truth, “WE” wouldn’t desire to add Kaepernick to our football team for our own personal reasons. That personal reason isn’t debatable.

  31. It would be fun to depose Kaep, going over game film of bad play after bad play and asking him why he missed this throw, or why he didn’t see that open receiver. This collusion suit is a joke.

  32. He is not good. That is a “PC” to say he sucks and most fans and all the teams know he sucks. Time to get over it and move on. Good luck and perhaps get a new girlfriend.

  33. If Kaep wants to really help he should spend a few weeks on the streets in West Baltimore.

  34. Everybody who says his skills can’t make the cut……just think about it, tom savage actually started last year. That being said I do tire of the legal process of actually trying to get him back in the league. By the time that’s over it’ll be about 2 years since he’s taken a semi-meaningful snap. Being he’s no Kurt Warner I doubt he’ll have anything when he comes back anyway. I hope he proves me wrong I just don’t see it.

  35. 1. He isn’t good enough to be a distraction
    2. He wants too much money
    3. He can’t control his own girlfriends social media let alone an nfl offense
    4. A huge portion of ravens fans boycotted the nfl after the ravens knelt in England. Imagine what signing the face of kneeling would do
    5. Since Ray Rice the Ravens have avoided all players with off field baggage.
    6. 31 other teams also don’t want him

  36. Quite simple, one of them it is presumed will be a good a employee and the other one will not.

  37. Acrually Newsome’s and Harbaugh’s testimony would be bad for the collusion case. They were seriously looking to bring him aboard (so not colluding to not do it) when the girlfriend started slamming Newsome on social media. What she did would blow up any hiring consideration football or otherwise. That it would stop him from getting signed was so obvious it was almost as if she wanted to prevent it from happening. They can now easily cite that and not collusion as the reason for their decision not to go forward. So I’m surprised the plaintif would even want them to get called as witnesses at all.

  38. It’s amazing how hate for Kaepernick’s actions have clouded the rational judgment of people. Clearly his talent level is above some of the other bums that have been signed. Look at his last 6 games and compare them to Jimmy G. Kaepernick had more touchdowns, less interceptions, an equal QBR yet he’s a bum that doesn’t deserve a job based on talent and Jimmy G is the second coming. See what I mean about being rational.

    As for his case (and I am a lawyer), for Kaepernick to prove collusion, he would need to show that two or more teams, or the league office and at least one team, conspired in some way to deny him an opportunity to play in the NFL.

    Do you really believe there is not one email, text, social media message, video, audio recording, hand-written note or sworn testimony from a witness that will surface. All they have to do is subpoena a few cellphones.

  39. buttfumbles says:

    You can not like what Kap did but it’s obvious that he’s being black-listed by the owners.
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    Good.

  40. tvjules says:
    April 4, 2018 at 9:47 pm
    Collusion = the most overused word in the media for the past 12 months.

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    What you describe is not just a football issue nor even just a political one. Its about human nature. In all things there are plenty of people wanting to think there is some secret plot to blame when things dont go the way they want. This earns that word plenty of easy mileage.

  41. Proving collusion requires that Kaepernick’s lawyers can actually show that the owners collaborated in deciding to not pursue their client’s services. Without that, they have no case.

    Here’s the problem the lawyers have: Each owner has decided based on plain old economic common sense that they don’t want to put a player on their roster that will harm their franchise by drawing negative attention to it. It doesn’t take collusion to reach this decision, just a smart business owner.

    If Colin Kaepernick wants to play in the NFL again, he’s going to need to do a few things before owners will decide that he will no longer have a negative impact on their brand. First, he’s going to have to learn to keep his social activism off the field and do it on his own time. Second, he’s going to need to apologize for categorically sliming our nation’s law enforcement officers, and admit that he was wrong for doing that. Finally, he’s going to need to apologize for disrespecting the nation that made him a multi-millionaire, while at the same time praising a mass-murdering dictator (Fidel Castro). If he can muster up the humility to do these things, he’ll be back on an NFL roster before training camp.

    If not, I hope this lawyers are not working on a contingency fee basis. If they are, they won’t be making any money out of this.

    It is Colin Kaepernick’s arrogance that is keeping him out of the NFL; the real shame about that is that he is the only one left who doesn’t realize this.

  42. footballpat says:
    April 5, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Do you really believe there is not one email, text, social media message, video, audio recording, hand-written note or sworn testimony from a witness that will surface. All they have to do is subpoena a few cellphones.

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    Thats the most interesting aspect of this. Its not the collusion case but rather if cell phones got subpoena’d. There is so much behind the scenes stuff going on at the NFL (about everything not just CK) that it would be interesting indeed to see all those records exposed. But I think for exactly that reason the NFL will never allow it to happen. They will fight legally and if need be the records will cease to exist. Actually, this matter is old enough that its entirely reasonable if it turns out that that those cellphones have already been replaced via regular upgrade activity and those records are gone via entirely normal and legitimate means.

  43. buttfumbles says:

    April 4, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    You can not like what Kap did but it’s obvious that he’s being black-listed by the owners.

    so any place that hasn’t hired YOU, means you were blacklisted? idiot snowflake

  44. There is a number of other league’s he can get employment at CFL? How can you win a lawsuit, trying to prove your being “blackballed” when other league’s would most likely hire you in a heartbeat. Also you void your contract, at that point it makes the case that you can’t get a job an Oxymoron= you voided the deal your the one responsible for not having work! This just shows what prestigious guy he is.

  45. footballpat says:

    April 5, 2018 at 8:27 am

    It’s amazing how hate for Kaepernick’s actions have clouded the rational judgment of people. Clearly his talent level is above some of the other bums that have been signed. Look at his last 6 games and compare them to Jimmy G. Kaepernick had more touchdowns, less interceptions, an equal QBR yet he’s a bum that doesn’t deserve a job based on talent and Jimmy G is the second coming. See what I mean about being rational.
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    The only difference between Kap and Jimmy G is that Jimmy G actually won the games he started.

  46. Hi, I’m Colin. I want you to pay me millions to play a game. Oh yea, I’m also a world class moron. I wear Fidel Castro shirts and talk about “social injustice”. You remember Castro? He’d stick your rear in prison if you disagreed with him (if he didn’t just kill you). What?!, you don’t want to hire me? It’s collusion!

  47. RG3 stinks, but Kap stinks worse. Then there is that little attitude issue where one of the 2 spread hate in the locker Room for their Head Coach, to the point he walked away, just after getting the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
    Colin, I’m telling you, just because you were a former NFL QB doesn’t give you the RIGHT to play for anybody. The Teams are exercising that right.
    You just cannot kick a guy in the teeth and then expect him to buy you a Christmas present!
    YOU caused this, You are not willing to admit fault.. but I guess it must be a genetic thing, because it is Nation wide with people like you.

  48. Most teams would LOVE for their biggest rival to sign Kaepernick because of the negative attention and distraction. The fact every team was smart enough on their own to avoid that circus doesn’t equal collusion.

    Try wearing your pajamas to 30 straight job interviews–I guarantee you won’t land a job but it won’t be because all the employers got together to decide collectively not to hire you.

  49. 1) The dude knelt in protest of something or other.
    2) He wore ‘cops as pigs’ socks to practice for everyone to see.
    3) He wore a Castro as hero shirt for everyone to see.

    There is no question of his right to do those things, neither is there any question that he has gone out of his way to insult a heck of a lot us by his actions.

    Kap – You want to do those things that’s fine – it’s your right.

    BUT – you do them on YOUR dime, YOUR time – not ours. WE are the ones that buy the tickets, the warm beer, the lukewarm hot dogs, pay up the wazoo for parking spaces, jerseys, t-shirts, hats – ad infinitum. You’re an entertainer.

  50. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the reason good old Kaep wasn’t signed by the Ravens due to the fact his girlfriend basically called Ray Lewis an Uncle Tom and the owner a slaveowner or something along those lines

  51. Kaepernick’s entitlement is amazing. Does he really think he is entitled to an NFL job? Does he think that all 32 teams had a meeting just to discuss not signing him? Kaepernick is a typical liberal. He thinks he should be on a team and he is going to cry until he gets on one. No matter that he was poor in his last few years and that he has alienated the fan base of pretty much every other team. Does a business not have the right to not hire someone in this country? Should I demand some major company give me a high paying VP job just because I think I am entitled to one?

  52. Clearly the Raven’s owner must be racist if he hired RG3, oh wait. Oh hell it it’s need to make logical sense to call someone racist now a days, we learned that much.

  53. dcpatfan says:
    April 5, 2018 at 10:29 am
    ….same old deflectors….
    ….same old fear.

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    Same old snowflakes that think Discount Bin Red 7 has rights to be disgusting but no one else has rights to be disgusted.

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