Key ruling coming on Colin Kaepernick’s collusion grievance

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Thursday featured a dozen games that didn’t count. Before kickoff, a contest that has major significance to the NFL played out in quasi-court.

As reported by Charles Robinsons of Yahoo Sports, arbitrator Stephen Burbank conducted a hearing regarding the NFL’s effort to defeat Colin Kaepernick’s collusion grievance via the device known as a motion for summary judgment.

No ruling was issued on Thursday, and that’s usually how it goes. The judge hears argument, and then the judge at some point after the hearing issues a ruling.

In cases filed in civil court, resolving a motion for summary judgment requires the judge to view the allegations as true and to consider the evidence in the light most favorable to the party opposing the motion. Ultimately, the case turns on whether a so-called “genuine issue of material fact” exists that would justify a full-blown trial in which competing versions of reality are introduced by the lawyers. For example, a conflict in witness testimony on a key point that would have to be resolved by hearing the stories and determining whose account seems to be more likely to be true typically will keep a defendant from knocking out a case through a motion for summary judgment.

Making the effort more unusual in this case is that the judge is also the jury; Burbank, if he decides to let the case proceed, will be the one to hear the evidence, untangle conflicting evidence, and issue a ruling. The NFL’s likely goal, then, is to smoke out Kaepernick’s case, forcing his lawyer to put all cards on the table in the hopes of making it easier to counter any evidence of collusion when a trial happens.

37 responses to “Key ruling coming on Colin Kaepernick’s collusion grievance

  1. You know the NFL the last several years has made me less interested in the NFL and more interested in law. Mathematics has taught me to find all the technicalities so pleasing on so many levels. I wonder why so few lawyers aren’t math majors in their undergrads. The upper division courses would be so useful to them in helping them to recognize minute details and exploiting them for logical gain.

  2. “I wonder why so few lawyers aren’t math majors in their undergrads. ” They become lawyers because they;re not good at math. When a lawyer actually has a background in Accounting or Medical or Engineering, he is going to be a millionaire in a very short period of time.

  3. People who think that lawyers are rich really have no idea what lawyers do or how much money they make,
    .

  4. Crush all of the disrespectful protesters,and run them all out of the league and Make It Great Again. Let Vince McMahon have them in his league. They would all deserve each other.

  5. dcpatfan says:
    August 10, 2018 at 12:41 pm
    So Proud of Colin Kaepernick and what he has initiated.

    Yes, we get it, you’re proud he lied about why he was sitting. Exactly what we expected.

  6. He initiated a bunch of players that can not figure out from week to week exactly what they what to complain about yet get don’t get off the knees and go out and do something productive for whatever the cause is this week.

  7. Why doesn’t the NFL require the Judge to watch game tape of Kaep’s last season in the NFL. He will soon arrive at the conclusion the rest of us have, that Kaep sucks and can’t play QB in the NFL. Case closed.

  8. If Kaep had the skills to be a QB in the league he would have been signed. His skills diminished as his “social conscience” grew. Remember he was raised in a privileged family….

  9. Funny how all these guys that oppose Kaep are opposing him because they are white and he is protesting the treatment of minorities.
    Kaep was born from a white woman, and raised by a white family after he was adopted.
    Even after that blessed upbringing, he still felt a need to protest how minorities are treated.

    And white people still hate anyone that is for the betterment of minorities.
    Im sure you guys would vote to revert back to the slaves days if you could.
    Go ahead and post it if you think it. Dont be shy

  10. “And white people still hate anyone that is for the betterment of minorities.
    Im sure you guys would vote to revert back to the slaves days if you could.
    Go ahead and post it if you think it. Dont be shy”
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    Ok, I won’t be shy.
    Using a broad brush to label and denigrate an entire group of people is as racist an act as what you’re alleging. Stereotype much?!

  11. Carlos Espinosa says:

    August 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Funny how all these guys that oppose Kaep are opposing him because they are white and he is protesting the treatment of minorities.
    Kaep was born from a white woman, and raised by a white family after he was adopted.
    Even after that blessed upbringing, he still felt a need to protest how minorities are treated.

    And white people still hate anyone that is for the betterment of minorities.
    Im sure you guys would vote to revert back to the slaves days if you could.
    Go ahead and post it if you think it. Dont be shy
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    You left out the part where his mother disowned him.

    She didn’t buy the “pig socks” either.

  12. He sucked and was toxic. Last plea of a desperate man. Still waiting for Kap to lead a huge protest of his NFL brethren in Chicago to protest of the slaughtering of blacks by other blacks..waiting…

  13. Kaep was born from a white woman, and raised by a white family after he was adopted.
    Even after that blessed upbringing
    —————————————-

    So what was BLESSED about his upbringing? The fact that he was raised by a white family and not a black one? But of course this is not about race it’s about patriotism. Right!

  14. If the 32 NFL teams who won’t sign a player who is a marginal QB who is a major disruption are “guilty of collusion” then it’s because they all have common sense (which is a rarity among several NFL owners).

    I also doubt that Kaepernick has paid a dime of legal fees out of his own pocket. He is the classic case of a “useful idiot” of parties with a certain political agenda who are probably financing this farce.

  15. Kaep was born from a white woman, and raised by a white family after he was adopted.
    Even after that blessed upbringing
    —————————————-

    So what was BLESSED about his upbringing? The fact that he was raised by a white family and not a black one? But of course this is not about race it’s about patriotism. Right!
    ___________________________

    I’m not sure why you’re attacking that guy as it seems you’re on the same side. He was attacking those that are against Kaepernick and believes that the argument is about race. I’m guessing his blessed comment was in jest as that is what he thinks his opponents would believe. Maybe I’m wrong about you and your last 2 lines weren’t sarcasm.

  16. Carlos Espinosa says:
    August 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Funny how all these guys that oppose Kaep are opposing him because they are white and he is protesting the treatment of minorities.

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    Isn’t also funny, Carlos…that minorities only seem to care about social injustice when it’s white on minority crime…but don’t give a durn when it’s minority on minority crime…

  17. Carlos Espinosa says:
    August 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm
    And white people still hate anyone that is for the betterment of minorities.
    Im sure you guys would vote to revert back to the slaves days if you could.
    Go ahead and post it if you think it. Dont be shy
    —–

    I’m white, I married a “minority” and it has been for her betterment, lol. As for reverting to “slaves days;” Slavery ended 153 years ago. If, at any time, anyone wanted to revert to “slaves days” it would have been/happened 150, 125, 100, 80, etc, etc years ago.

    Jim Crow sucked and it’s obviously still affecting the mentality of an entire race of people, as it ended only 60 years ago, but to keep harping on slavery is getting REALLY old, esp. from someone named Espinosa.

    If it makes you feel better, I’m white and really couldn’t care less if they choose to protest the national anthem or not, I think they’re all equally stupid to protest as they’re making millions of dollars to play a game, that goes for Kaepernick, Reid, Jenkins, and tools like Chris Long.

  18. Carlos Espinosa says:

    And white people still hate anyone that is for the betterment of minorities.
    Im sure you guys would vote to revert back to the slaves days if you could.

    —————————

    Sounds like someone’s been reading the Democratic Party manifesto.

  19. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    August 10, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Isn’t also funny, Carlos…that minorities only seem to care about social injustice when it’s white on minority crime…but don’t give a durn when it’s minority on minority crime…
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    Colin was not race specific. He was clear as a bell about it…..but you don’t care about blacks killing blacks in the poverty of the American ghetto….your just deflecting.

    #ukillonwholesale

  20. Radicalization is a dangerous path. Be careful kids who you associate with. The former QB is a multi-millionaire who can hire lawyers to fight his social battles and deal with the fall-out of supporting dictators like Castro and stereotyping groups of people.

  21. dcpatfan says:
    August 10, 2018 at 3:17 pm
    my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    August 10, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Isn’t also funny, Carlos…that minorities only seem to care about social injustice when it’s white on minority crime…but don’t give a durn when it’s minority on minority crime…
    ——————-
    Colin was not race specific. He was clear as a bell about it…..but you don’t care about blacks killing blacks in the poverty of the American ghetto….your just deflecting.

    ———–

    Given the numbers of blacks shooting other blacks in our inner cities it is clear that they do not even care about themselves….

  22. I can’t help but think that Kaepernick would be sitting home on his couch anyway, even if he had never taken that knee. Once he was exposed on the field, his game and whatever skills he had went straight down the tubes.

  23. Carlos Espinosa says:
    August 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Funny how all these guys that oppose Kaep are opposing him because they are white and he is protesting the treatment of minorities.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Isn’t also funny, Carlos…that minorities only seem to care about social injustice when it’s white on minority crime…but don’t give a durn when it’s minority on minority crime…

    ————————

    Or minority on white crime too. If white folks got together about all the minority on white crime now that would be something special. Whites often quietly take it as if we say anything we’re racist. Yet if the fingers are pointed the other way it’s not.

  24. Carlos Espinosa says:
    August 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm
    Funny how all these guys that oppose Kaep are opposing him because they are white and he is protesting the treatment of minorities.
    Kaep was born from a white woman, and raised by a white family after he was adopted.
    Even after that blessed upbringing, he still felt a need to protest how minorities are treated.

    And white people still hate anyone that is for the betterment of minorities.
    Im sure you guys would vote to revert back to the slaves days if you could.
    Go ahead and post it if you think it. Dont be shy
    —————————————————————————————————-
    Ok… what do you have to say about the Malcolm X and Fidel Castro shirt he wore that said, “like minds think alike”? Castro was a brutal and suppressive leader who didn’t allow freedom of expression and jailed anyone speaking out about anything.

  25. Didn’t CK quit on his last team? After losing a bunch of games? Called pressers to rant about the police while he sucked on the field? He was a flash in the pan, never a starting caliber NFL QB.

  26. 50 years from now, Kaepernick will be remembered along the likes of Rosa Parks, a champion for civil rights. In the meantime, ignorant people will continue to believe the kneeling is somehow meant to disrespect the military, when in fact the kneeling is done specifically to honor those who serve. Kap had been sitting for the anthem, until he met with a veteran who explained taking a knee would be a way to protest but still show respect for service men and women.

  27. Carlos Espinosa says:
    August 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm
    Funny how all these guys that oppose Kaep are opposing him because they are white
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    Somebody help me out here. Im staring at all these screen names trying to see how one can tell the persons race and I just cant spot it.

  28. Mike Mullally says:
    August 10, 2018 at 7:47 pm
    50 years from now, Kaepernick will be remembered along the likes of Rosa Parks, a champion for civil rights.

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    I doubt it. Kaep will lose his case. The media will find a shiny new object to latch onto and rant and rave about.

    Within 5 years Kaepernick will at most be a Jeopardy question or answer.

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