Jerry Jones is questioned in Kaepernick collusion grievance

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Thursday ended up being a very eventful day for the pending collusion grievance filed by free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports, and PFT has confirmed, that Kaepernick’s lawyers questioned Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Thursday.

Jones becomes to fourth witness questioned by Kaepernick’s counsel; previously, Texans owner Bob McNair, Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh were questioned.

Jones has been vocal at times in his position regarding the issue of players kneeling during the national anthem. The collusion case isn’t about his personal views, however; it’s about whether the NFL’s teams engaged in a concerted effort to avoid Kaepernick for his role at the forefront of the anthem protests.

Again, collusion means coordination. If teams decide on their own not to pursue a player for a given reason, it’s not an issue. If coordination happens (possibly with the league office serving as the conduit) regarding the avoidance of a given player, it’s a potential violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, regardless of the precise reason for the coordination.

Of course, that doesn’t mean Jones would be prevented from espousing his personal views about the situation during his deposition. Though the substance of his testimony isn’t known, it’s possible that he decide to speak about how the NFL got into this mess, how the NFL should have gotten out of it, and what the NFL should do about it moving forward.

17 responses to “Jerry Jones is questioned in Kaepernick collusion grievance

  1. Collusion. Are owners colluding against Greg Hardy? No. He is bad for business (not to mention a bad person). Just as these kneelers are bad for business. Its not about their opinion…or their feelings. Not being hired is a business choice to keep fans pleased with the product.

  2. I totally believe that 32 different people decoded independently to not hire this guy. I’m sure they made their personal decisions, with no knowledge of what the other 31 were thinking, based solely on football reasons. This sounds so plausible.

  3. Boy. I hope kaepernick’s lawyers are getting paid a lot.
    Because they will lose badly.

  4. That Kaep went 3-16 in his last 19 starts and lost his starting position in camp, and then walked out on the team – walked away from his job and contract – has something to do with it I bet.

  5. Jerry just go ahead and sign him. He can’t be any worse than the stiff you got back there now and seeing you took a knee along with the entire team you two should hit it off famously

  6. I can’t wait till kaep and geragos bankrupt the nfl and expose the league as a bunch of old grumpy men.

  7. Kap knows his days playing in the NFL and making that big money are over. Now he’s going to try and make that big money with a law suit against the NFL. Role model.

  8. Prasant Nadella says:
    April 12, 2018 at 10:12 pm
    I can’t wait till kaep and geragos bankrupt the nfl and expose the league as a bunch of old grumpy men.
    ++++
    Kaep walked away from an 11 million dollar payday from the niners. The niners didn’t release or cut him. Kaep exercised his right, under the contract terms, to void said contract. If he didn’t do that, he would have had a job last year with the niners.

  9. Kaepernick is not good. He had a nice string of games until he was figured out. He is not starter material, and there is no way with his history (yes kneeling, but not just that, showing up out of football shape, walking out on his contract, losing out to Blaine Gabbert) anyone will touch him. He is Tim Tebow, only worse. People stopped watching Kaepernick. Nobody stopped watching Tebow.

  10. Trump’s Tiny Hands says:
    April 12, 2018 at 8:01 pm
    I totally believe that 32 different people decoded independently to not hire this guy. I’m sure they made their personal decisions, with no knowledge of what the other 31 were thinking, based solely on football reasons. This sounds so plausible.

    Well riddle me this, did tens of thousands of fans call each other and decide they didn’t want him on their team? Not a reach that he POd 32 guys. Do you think that everyone who comments against him here got together at the local pub to collude? Or did perhaps everyone react similarly and independently to his actions and words?

    Once you let go of racism and jealous hatred of rich old white guys things begin to make sense.

  11. The more I think about this the more I am convinced that this collusion case should just end in Kaepernick’s favor so he can go away forever. He opted out of his last deal. He told teams for over a year he had no interest in a job as a backup. I don’t think he wants to play football anymore and this lawsuit will be his last pay day.

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