Report: Kaepernick’s legal team will try to depose the President and Vice President

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Collusion worlds are colliding.

While likely not the “dramatic turn” that attorney Mark Geragos promised a week ago, the Colin Kaepernick collusion grievance has definitely taken a turn. And it could end up being very dramatic, because it involves someone whose name has been closely associated with allegations of a very different sort of collusion.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports that Kaepernick’s legal team “is expected to seek federal subpoenas in the coming weeks to compel testimony from [President Donald] Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other officials familiar with the president’s agenda on protesting NFL players.” The interest in questioning the President and others close to him flows from the argument that the NFL and its teams colluded to keep Kaepernick unemployed in order to avoid the ire of the administration.

Robinson lists the various occasions on which the President and the NFL have skirmished over the anthem issue, with Kaepernick continuously at the heart of the controversy. From the President suggesting in the early days of the protests that Kaepernick should find another country to the President mocking owners for fearing a “nasty tweet” from the President if any of them sign Kaepernick to the President telling Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that the anthem debate is a “very winning issue” for the President to the “get that son of a bitch off the field, he’s fired!” rant at an Alabama rally, the President’s fingerprints are all over this one.

Forcing him to attach his voice to this one by answering questions under oath will be a far different issue, however. First, the NFL’s system arbitrator must decide that the depositions are justified. Next, a federal court must decide to issue and to enforce the subpoena requests.

Surely, the President and his team will fight the effort, every step of the way. Especially since it’s possible that any proof of interference in Kaepernick’s employment interests could possibly result in a claim that the President and/or the Vice President violated the law.

167 responses to “Report: Kaepernick’s legal team will try to depose the President and Vice President

  1. Lol. It would be a lot less embarrassing and less expensive if you’d just realize that you aren’t good enough to overcome the headache you are. It’s really that simple

  2. The president of the United States is negotiating peace with North Korea. He doesn’t have time to deal with cry baby Kaeprnicks shenanigans. This is a guy who wore socks depicting all cops as pigs.

    Kaeprnicks talent is not worth the media headache. End of story. Aaron Rodgers can spit on the flag and there will still be 32 teams willing to sign him.

  3. LMAO. Anybody else? Let’s depose Putin and Prince Harry too! I think the Queen may be in on this. This is why people hate lawyers.

  4. Depose the President and Vice President? Too bad he can’t deport them.

  5. I thought the honor and inspiration in Kap and Eric Reid’s protest is that they were fully willing to sacrifice their careers for the cause. But now they’ve filed lawsuits against the league begging for their jobs back.

    Please don’t compare these two to Muhammad Ali.

  6. What arrogance. No head-of-state anywhere should be able to be deposed for someone else’s frivolous lawsuit. I thought they were suing because they are trying to prove there is collusion among the 32 owners. News flash–the POTUS doesn’t work for the NFL.

    This is nothing more than a publicity stunt.

  7. Seriously, this needs to stop. Kaepernick made his choice to protest. And there was no crime against it. But it still came with consequences and now he’s reaping what he sowed.

    Too bad, so sad. You made your bed; now it’s time to lay in it. Just sour grapes at this point.

  8. This attorney is doing more financial damage to Kaepernick than the NFL ever could have. He should file collusion charges against this law first saying they colluded to bankrupt him. Far stronger case against them than he has against the NFL.

  9. “Surely, the President and his team will fight the effort, every step of the way. Especially since it’s possible that any proof of interference in Kaepernick’s employment interests could possibly result in a claim that the President and/or the Vice President violated the law”

    lol yea probably

  10. Set Trump aside for a moment (yes, I know it’s difficult). Kaepernick isn’t getting good advice. If he were getting good advice, he’d drop the rhetoric and get ready to play football, but at this point he’s been out of the league for over a year and he’s put himself in the Johnny Manziel zone. He might have to try being an Edmonton Eskimo or a B.C. Lion for a year or so. Everyone knows he can run his mouth. He needs to demonstrate he can run an offense.

  11. Geragos represented Scott Peterson. He’s on death row. Save your money Kap. This lawyer of yours is only costing you money with zero return coming your way.

  12. The president of the United States is negotiating peace with North Korea.

    Oh, calling an unstable, nuclear-capable dictator “fat” and passive-aggressively insulting him on TWITTER now constitutes “negotiations” of peace? Sweet, my 16 year-old niece has been negotiating some sweet peace deals during math class, then.

  13. Nothing would be more ridiculous. The President and Vice President can’t be expected to testify in every matter where a policy, law, or speech seems contrary to your business or employment. What’s next? Blame the Russians?

  14. I’m so extremely tired of this. Just go away. The cause is lost at this point with all its turned into. Our athem is about us being the home of the brave because we fight to be a free country from other countries. Bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. No where does it sing about individual rights or freedom of citizens. He may have a problem with the country but the flag is NOT that symbol. And as long as it’s draped over every casket that died to keep us free from OTHER COUNTRIES, it’s ridiculous to carry any of this on. At no point did he EVER. Organize a rally. He tried to be on paid time and utilized a venue for free that wasn’t his to use. So tired of this. His issue is with the Constitution not being followed in his eyes. Not the anthem. Where is he now? Why not at all these games in parking lots handing out signs or information? Where is his stand now that 1 he’d have to pay for it and 2 he can’t be paid while doing it. This is nothing more than a joke at this point.

  15. LOL – what a joke. Just go away CK. You sucked at football. Way to drain your donation accounts with this garbage rather than spend it on your cause.

  16. Grasping at straws?? Seriously this is getting sad. Go play in Canada or one of the two startup leagues, which he has shown zero interest in, if he wanted to play so badly he would have a contract with one of them with a clause that he could go to the nfl. This is nothing more that a money grab and attention seeking stunt.

  17. Why doesn’t anyone ever ask what Kaepernick’s salary demands are? Is he seeking the veteran minimum, the $17 million he walked away from, or something in between? I want this pay, we want to pay you this…. but I made this, you aren’t worth that…. You are only worth what someone is willing to pay you for your services… Apparently, Kap’s feels his services are undervalued by NFL teams and the teams feel his demands are overvalued. Thus, NO DEAL FOR YOU! There’s always the CFL! Could Johnny Manziel or any player not signed to a contract have a collusion case too?

  18. Will someone please sign Kap, put him in, watch him go 0 for nothing with a handful of interceptions. They can cut him Monday morning because he is garbage and all of this will go away.

  19. raidernation210 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 9:22 am
    hahahahahahaha!! GOOD! because all Trump has done is WIN!!!

    —————–
    Trump supporters must not have won much in their personal lives…because judging by the statements I read on here….they don’t really understand what winning is…

  20. Its time he realized no team wants him because he is the one who started all this crap. Get off your ass and go and get another job, none of the owners want you.

  21. webster, i agree, any sitting president would be foolish to ever testify under oath for any reason. One did it and got himself impeached.

  22. The president of the United States is negotiating peace with North Korea. He doesn’t have time to deal with cry baby Kaeprnicks shenanigans.
    ——-
    Which is why Don taunted Kim by calling him Rocket man. Because that’s how you negotiate peace. Name calling and taunting. Works Nevery time.

    He has some very bright individuals among his base. He can’t seem to fool them.

  23. Luckily OUR president is busy in meetings with a tyrannical leader trying to come to an agreement of peace, instead of parading around in pig socks and wearing T-shirts with a tyrannical leader who murdered his own citizens. But you know, whatever floats your boat.

  24. So are they going to depose everyone of us who cancelled directv or stopped going to the games because of this nonsense? Doing what’s best for your business isn’t automatically collusion.

  25. Waste of time but Trump is a tool & he gets all he deserves for even being involved in this farce……
    Can’t wait till BOTH Trump & Kap go away….. can’t come fast enough for me!!!!

  26. LMFAO, good thinking Kaep. Go after the President while you’re at it. The league wants nothing to do with Trump as it is. If Colin had any ideas about how this might possibly get him back into the league, he just torched it with with a hellfire missile.

  27. Please…for the love of God…just shut up.

    There was a moment there where you were a hero to a portion of the population. Now you’ve just turned it into a sideshow tantrum by making it all about you. Fail.

  28. Somebody that walks away from a multi million dollar contract…. Then throws a fit because he doesn’t have a multi million dollar contract.
    Loser.

  29. He made an unpopular choice and it cost him his career. Live by your decisions. At least he will be SJW hero for a while.

  30. 1) Their whole game is just to be as big a thorn in everyones side as possible hoping they can harrass their way to a settlement. This is just more of the same. Its all they can do since they have absolutely zero case. (Even after all those other depositions)

    2) Kaep was already long since out of a job (lost it during the Obama administration) and already declaring collusion long before Trump came along. And what did Pence do? He doesnt get a word in edgewise its all Trump doing all the noise.

    3) Trump brought this on himself needlessly inserting himself into a oreviously festering issue. Now the festering can get on him too

    4) If anyone is going to get to depose Trump they have to get in line behind Mueller.

  31. schmokes says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:04 am
    So are they going to depose everyone of us who cancelled directv or stopped going to the games because of this nonsense?

    ——————
    If they think that will create enough nuisance to force a settlement then yes.

  32. factschecker says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:02 am
    The president of the United States is negotiating peace with North Korea. He doesn’t have time to deal with cry baby Kaeprnicks shenanigans.
    ——-
    Which is why Don taunted Kim by calling him Rocket man. Because that’s how you negotiate peace. Name calling and taunting. Works Nevery time.
    He has some very bright individuals among his base. He can’t seem to fool them.

    And yet, they’re having the first bi-lateral meeting in 40 years. Go figure, huh? Maybe POTUS is a lot smarter than you want to give him credit for?

    Let’s see…billionaire, TV star, leader of the free world. Clearly, he has no idea what he’s doing, right?

  33. Imagine if anyone ever asked Fidel Castro to take the stand?!! Love it or leave it Kap!

  34. I’m so sick of Kaep. Go away. The worst part about it is how the sports media cheer him on. Sports “journalism” is almost as bad as news journalism. Biased and pretty much one sided.

  35. Bwahahaahahahahahah, Trump lives rent free in the heads of all these mindless dopes.

  36. Yeah the pig socks kinda gave your intentions away already Kap. He’s always been an attention seeker back to his old days of kissing his biceps. Smh


  37. marino198448 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Imagine if anyone ever asked Fidel Castro to take the stand?!! Love it or leave it Kap!

    Remember when our heroes used to be, you know, HEROES?

    #Winning

  38. This is just ridiculous. Some of these players and not just in the NFL but in other pro sports act like they walk on water. Why, because you make millions of dollars and have cameras on ya makes you different from the rest of us in society besides being athletically gifted? With certain actions comes consequences. Dont use your work where there are thousands watching and cameras are on you at all angles. If I did stuff like this at jobs, I wouldn’t have a job. Grow up and take responsibility for your own actions!

    #3rdtimesacharm

  39. Was this the big moment about which Geagos was crowing a few weeks back? This guy is proving to be a bigger clown than Kaep!

  40. How did the President and Vice President “violate” the “law” exactly? Does the President by virtue of his office lose his right to Free Speech? What a bizarre notion.

  41. This thing reminds me of the Mueller investigation. A waste of time and money. Time for this bozo to disappear.

  42. neatpete1 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:18 am
    schmokes says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:04 am
    So are they going to depose everyone of us who cancelled directv or stopped going to the games because of this nonsense?

    ——————
    If they think that will create enough nuisance to force a settlement then yes.

    ————

    Settlement? This thing has been settled…..Kaep is done

  43. That particular hail mary is going to sail out of bounds just like many of his passes did.

    POTUS has absolutely nothng to do with whether or not the NFL teams actually colluded against CK. It does not matter how many potential reasons you suspect caused the alleged collusion. The only thing that matters is if he can prove they actually made an agreement to not hire him. They could have agreed that he was not a good QB or they could have agreed that his “movement” harmed the brand and that still would not be collusion. He needs to show at least two owners mutually agreed to not hire him in some sort of “I won’t if you won’t” manner. All 32 teams can say they won’t hire CK and it STILL is not collusion unless it is proven (not speculated) they agreed to collectively keep him out of the league.

  44. Yikes, even Stephanie A. Gregory Clifford thinks the former QB, and now anti-America activist, needs to give it a rest.

  45. Theevidencesaysotherwise says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:31 am
    Kap, if the Country oppresses black and colored people how did we elect a black president for 8 years?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    ___________________________________

    Sound logic right here, LOL!!!! Get THIS man elected, oh wait, Donald is that you?

  46. Kaepernick is an idiot. He has no shot. I hope he never plays another down in the NFL again. It teams do not want him, they are not required to sign him. He isn’t worth al the headaches.

  47. federal law, which makes it a crime for a government employee to influence the employment practices of a private entity “solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation.”

    “Donald Trump crossed the line when he called for the firing of any NFL player who kneels during the national anthem,”

  48. Lot of emotion in here over nothing. I could say I’m gonna subpoena the President. I’m willing to bet Obama, Bush, Clinton, etc. etc. had people attempt to subpoena them daily. Who cares?

  49. Advice Spend more time training and trying to prove interest in becoming a better QB and less time in the media trying to create a buzz and maybe a team will call.
    Just because they say you heath talent to start doesn’t make it a right, plenty of QBs hadthetalent to start but not the focus.
    See Jeff George, Ryan Leaf…

  50. Serious question….if a team stepped up and offered Kaepernick a reasonable backup QB contract, would he sign it?
    Or, is the fight his main goal?
    My hypothesis – Kaeperick doesn’t really want to play. He’s motivated and moved by this fight. If he plays the fight is over.
    Which makes the cause disingenuous in my opinion. He doesn’t even want what he’s fighting for…he’s just trying to make a point.

  51. Just because the owners all fear Trump doesn’t mean he “Influenced” their hiring decisions. And, I got news for all of you: Separation of Powers makes compelling the President’s testimony extremely difficult if not impossible. On this matter, you and I have a better chance of starting in the NFL than Kap and his lawyer do of compelling the President and VP to testify in an Arbitration matter. And some “Federal law” doesn’t override the Constitution’s guarantee of Free Speech.

  52. Turns out a mediocre QB with a ton of baggage is not desirable. The distraction he brings is larger than his weak play, if he was an amazing qb, he’d have a job.

  53. Remember just a few days back when his attorney said somebody was blowing the whistle on the NFL? Now, that’s totally forgotten about and it’s on to the next wild goose chase. Next week he’ll be talking about how the evidence is buried in a pit on Oak Island.

  54. How about they depose all the league’s defensive coordinators so they can testify how this kneeling has-been got figured out by opposing pass defenses and unlike elite QBs, was never able to adjust.

  55. Don’t just shut up and play football, your voices are much more important than that, especially with your platform. Continue to fight like true Patriots and keep pushing until your voices are heard. So proud of players like Malcolm Jenkins. Gives me a sense of pride that these guys care about the future of this country and how African Americans are treated.

  56. This country has been divided since it’s inception: slavery, segregation, Reagan’s war on drugs and his impact on it, the crime bill from Bill Clinton. If anything the players are trying to unify an already broken country. This isn’t about red or blue politics, this is about basic human rights.

  57. fsbeamon@hotmail.com says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:58 am

    federal law, which makes it a crime for a government employee to influence the employment practices of a private entity “solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation.”

    “Donald Trump crossed the line when he called for the firing of any NFL player who kneels during the national anthem,”

    The NFL didn’t fire anybody. They said anyone that kneels instead of staying in the locker room to protest, the team will be fined. That’s it.

  58. factschecker says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:02 am
    The president of the United States is negotiating peace with North Korea. He doesn’t have time to deal with cry baby Kaeprnicks shenanigans.
    ——-
    Which is why Don taunted Kim by calling him Rocket man. Because that’s how you negotiate peace. Name calling and taunting. Works Nevery time.

    He has some very bright individuals among his base. He can’t seem to fool them.

    ————————-
    What Trump did there was to understand his opponent. Obama was very polite, dignified, and respectful in his treatmrnt of Zkim, and Kim saw that as simply deference and a sign of weakness. He never saw any need to listen to Obamas pleas. Trump on the other hand publicly derided him on the international stage and that got his attention more than all the sanctions (which hurt his people not him, so he doesnt care) combined. The proof is in the end result, Trump has gotten farther with this guy in a very short time than the past several decades of presidents combined. And he did it under tougher conditions because Kim had by then had successes producing working models which in his mind strengthenef his position. Trump has handled it well since, each time Kim tests him going into these meetings by making noise about what Trump isnt going to get Trump simply says screw the meetings then and goes back to his insolent demeanor, which Kim hates so he then changes his tune. Frankly, despite all the times he has had me cringing I do have to admit that Trump has handled that masterfully. Probably a good thing it was him and not me that was tasked yo gandle it.

  59. His career trajectory shows that he hasn’t been serious about football for several years. He and his girlfriend are using the NFL and now the court system for political purposes. He’s entitled to do this, but nobody has to take him seriously or offer him a job. He’s not worth the aggravation.

  60. so let’s see…he botched ray rice, he botched deflate gate, he botched ezkiel elliot & he botched the anthem protests…hm..what’s the common denominator here?

  61. So in other words, they’re trying to give Trump another win?!

    LOL! Good luck with that doomed approach.

    For Colin’s sake, I hope he’s paying his lawyer on a contingent fee basis, because if he’s not, Kap is getting taken to the cleaners. He’s got an unwinnable case and an attorney that’s a media hog logging countless billable hours. Pulling Trump into this is guaranteeing another loss.

  62. This is just getting stupid now. A private business has no obligation to employ you. You can now go kneel as much as you want on your own time.

  63. Roger Burns says:
    June 7, 2018 at 9:28 am

    The president of the United States is negotiating peace with North Korea. He doesn’t have time to deal with cry baby Kaeprnicks shenanigans.
    ———————————————————————————————————————————
    So now the President is too busy to get involved with the NFL? How did he ever find the time to tweet about it 1,000 times and bring it up at every rally.

    Trump involved himself in this and there is a reasonable case to make that he tried – successfully – to influence the hiring decisions of private businesses. That’s illegal.

  64. I’ve watched almost every game of my local team for decades. Last year I watched a handful. It’s not fun anymore. It was an escape. It’s becoming less and less of that. They are sucking the life out of it.

  65. cardinealsfan20 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:51 am
    “The President is busy negotiating peace with North Korea”.

    We’re at war with North Korea? When did that start?

    “““““““““““““
    1950. Look into it.

  66. fsbeamon@hotmail.com says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:58 am
    federal law, which makes it a crime for a government employee to influence the employment practices of a private entity “solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation.”

    “Donald Trump crossed the line when he called for the firing of any NFL player who kneels during the national anthem,”

    ———

    Who was fired?

  67. So, team owners cared more what the Pres/VP thought than the reaction of their own customers who gave up their season tickets, who booed and reacted poorly to the kneelers. I understand the media censored and ignored them but did the team owners?

  68. Geragos won’t stop until he’s milked every cent Kap has left. How much is this costing him with no income coming in?

  69. Nobody cares if sports are your escape. If you need to rely on people who also need an escape for an escape then you need to find a better job and one that you enjoy. If you don’t like people using their platform to stand up for basic human rights, change the channel. Nobody’s forcing you to watch football and nobody cares if you stop.

  70. Didn’t CK opt out of his contract with the 49ers? So his unemployment is his own fault. Maybe I am wrong.

  71. He will never get a chance to “depose” a sitting president…..

    This is a total publicity stunt…..

    But it has done one thing……

    It has effectively ended Kapernick’s NFL career…….

    I hope he has saved some retirement money……

  72. Clearly, Kap and his “legal” team believe the mass amounts of testimony they’ve gotten through previous depositions of countless league officials and team owners and team representatives hasn’t made their case. So, now it’s time to throw a hail mary and try to make Kap relevant again so the lawyers can continue to siphon money from what’s left in his bank accounts. He’s going to jobless and broke at the end of this.

  73. Don’t you need some kind of proof or evidence before you can require someone to be deposed?

    Is this what we are becoming, a nation without due process where vindictive madmen are allowed to interrupt the lives of law abiding citizens with their frivolity and malice?

    Are we now some third world country ruled by kangaroo courts? Where does this madness end, or will it?

  74. @@Youngnoize The field is not “his platform” it’s his place of work. If I brought “stop big oil” signs to my refinery job, I wouldn’t be there for very long. Stop reading Shaun King articles.

  75. The courts are blind to the public noise (racism) opposing Kaepernick and his case against the NFL. The court’s work is to determine if the league colluded to keep Kaepernick from landing a spot on an NFL roster or not. So make all the noise you want, hold your breath until you pass out, turn off your tv’s, and whatever else little kids do to try and get there way. You don’t matter.

  76. So Trump expresses his opinions as the kneelers do and he’ll be deposed for what? The protest is a distraction and the fans are sick of it, that’s why the NFL did the compromise. Kaepernick should go on kneeling sonewhere else. When was the last time he kneeled? No camera, no audience, no kneeling?

  77. first if the players want to protest then they can just refuse to play. don’t go on the field, let the fans sit and watch an empty space. oh I forgot they won’t get paid either, a little responsibility there so that won’t happen. and kap already turned down the cfl. he doesn’t want to play he wants FAME, at least his girlfriend does.

  78. We have an economy and a dangerous international environment for our President to deal with and these kneelers need to jump on in for the big win.

  79. Trump should send Kaep a tape of the National Anthem, some knee pads and a card encouraging Kaep to listen to the anthem and kneel to his hearts content at his own home on his own time.

  80. sexualspaghetti says:
    June 7, 2018 at 9:19 am
    It’s time to stop.

    Hahaha.
    They getting those tiny handcuffs ready and now you’re nervous.
    Bahahahaha.
    I love it.
    LOCK HIM UP!!

  81. The president’s time is more valuable than this. Doing your best to force him to play your “gotcha” game is a disservice to those he is expected to work for.

  82. cardinealsfan20 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:51 am
    “The President is busy negotiating peace with North Korea”.

    We’re at war with North Korea? When did that start?

    Uh yeah, we actually are. The Korean War “ended” with an armistice rather than a treaty. History class and google are our friends.

  83. The field is very much so his platform. And though I despise Shaun King, maybe you should learn a bit about how protests work, these players have every right to kneel when they choose. Let a superstar do it and see if the owner will cut him, I bet you he won’t, this is a player driven game.

  84. allinstackme says:
    June 7, 2018 at 2:32 pm
    cardinealsfan20 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:51 am
    “The President is busy negotiating peace with North Korea”.

    We’re at war with North Korea? When did that start?

    Uh yeah, we actually are. The Korean War “ended” with an armistice rather than a treaty. History class and google are our friends.

    ——

    Uh no, we actually aren’t at war. The US fought in support of South Korea but the US made no declaration of war in this conflict.

    History class and google are our friends.

  85. fsbeamon@hotmail.com says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:58 am
    federal law, which makes it a crime for a government employee to influence the employment practices of a private entity “solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation.”

    “Donald Trump crossed the line when he called for the firing of any NFL player who kneels during the national anthem,”
    _________________________________________

    That’s not “influencing,” buddy. That’s stating an opinion, or “suggesting,” at best. If he’d said “I’m going to seize all the owners’ bank accounts if they don’t fire these moronic America-haters!”, well, THAT would be INFLUENCING.

    See the diff?

  86. cardinealsfan20 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:51 am
    “The President is busy negotiating peace with North Korea”.

    We’re at war with North Korea? When did that start?
    ———————-
    Literally the 1950s. “We” meaning South Korea of course, who we back. The Korean War never officially ended. Read a book sometime.

  87. He also must say it in his official capacity. As president I want this person fired.

  88. Kaep sure is spending a lot of money just to not admit he can’t read defences and won’t or can’t learn how to do so. “Sad.”

    In news involving winners, President TRUMP has challenged kneelers to be productive and to give him names of people improperly incarcerated that he can Pardon or grant Clemency. Let’s see if they want to be victors or victims, winners or whiners.

  89. What about Dez Bryant? Darren Sproles, Danny Woodhead,Eddie lacy, Luke joeckel? Where’s the collusion there? Oh wait! They’re all washed up also! Time to move on!

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