Kaepernick’s lawyer: John Elway violated order not to discuss collusion case

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We noted last week that Broncos G.M. John Elway may have violated a gag order when he explained why he wouldn’t sign Colin Kaepernick. Now Kaepernick’s lawyer says that’s exactly what Elway did.

Attorney Mark Geragos said on his Reasonable Doubt podcast that Elway, by discussing what he said in a deposition in Kaepernick’s collusion case, directly violated an order not to discuss it. And Geragos said it’s rich that Elway would violate the order, because the NFL has been using the order in trying to muzzle Geragos.

“Mr. Elway, clearly he violated the protective order that the NFL has been wielding like a club at me. And he’s apparently suffering from some real brain trauma,” Geragos said.

The gratuitous shot about “brain trauma” notwithstanding, Geragos is adamant that Elway and the rest of the NFL are breaking the law by colluding to keep Kaepernick out. And Geragos says that Kaepernick remains ready to play, if some team will give him a chance.

“He works out like a banshee. I just saw him last week and physically he could not be in better shape. He’s in impressively good shape, ready to go at any moment,” Geragos said.

That is looking increasingly unlikely to happen. The NFL isn’t giving Kaepernick a chance on the field, so he and Geragos will have to hope they can beat Elway and the NFL in court.

122 responses to “Kaepernick’s lawyer: John Elway violated order not to discuss collusion case

  1. They are just upset because everyone knew that the only reason kapernick wasn’t playing is because he turned things down for this circus to continue.

    Sue away you won’t get anything.

    ka[pernick couldn’t play 2 years ago, why do these players think he should be in the league?

  2. Who’s really paying Kaepernick’s legal fees? I doubt that a dime for this is coming out of Kaepernick’s own pocket but rather financed by certain parties who wish to utilize a “useful idiot” like Kaepernick to advance their political agenda.

  3. najacoo22 says:
    August 20, 2018 at 10:23 am
    I’m not a huge John Elway fan, but what a remarkably unprofessional and inappropriate comment by Kaepernick’s lawyer.
    ***************************************************************************************************
    Welcome to today’s America.

  4. Elway was asked if he would sign Colin, he answered honestly. That doesn’t violate anything. The fact Geragos is freaking out about speaks volumes.

  5. Clearly there is collusion against Kaepernick. He’s way better than half the QB’s starting in the league.

  6. We have come to expect nothing better from this attorney.

    Literally the only thing Elways said that could be considered a violation of the gag order was “that’s what I told his attorneys in the deposition.” The substance of what he said, which is that the Broncos offered Kaepernick a contract that he declined, is 100% public knowledge and it kinda goes without saying that he would have said the same thing in the deposition. There’s no new, breaking news being shared other than Elway rightfully saying that is why they’re not interested in Kaepernick now. They tried to give him a chance when he was benched for Blaine Gabbert, and he rejected them. They viewed that as a poor character move, which is the perspective a LOT of people had about Kaepernick prior to the kneeling issue.

  7. We don’t want the truth. We don’t want justice. We just want our vengeful feelings to be vindicated. Even if the cost is injustice/collusion/corrupt.

  8. blkdogcreative says:
    August 20, 2018 at 10:22 am
    Like him or not he should be playing and the stats clearly support it!

    ———————-

    …except for the fact that none of the owners want him and nobody owes him anything.

  9. blkdogcreative says:
    August 20, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Like him or not he should be playing and the stats clearly support it!

    ================

    Do you mean like Kaepernick posting a W/L record of 3-16 in his last 2 NFL seasons?

  10. He complete blew up their case, cause it proved that Kap wanted money over playing the game… I see why he is pissed, he can’t bill for more hours now.

  11. He really wants to play, but I haven’t seen him trying to get into the cfl or the aaf despite the aaf being interested. Sometimes the place you really want to work doesn’t want you, so you have to go work somewhere else. Welcome to the real world.

  12. Reportedly Elway offered a job to Kaep PRIOR to the protests, which Kaep turned down.

    I’m only guessing but I believe the gag order is in place for what took place AFTER the protests.

  13. blkdogcreative says:
    August 20, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Like him or not he should be playing and the stats clearly support it!

    He had a contract with the 49ers that he wasn’t satisfied with and he walked away from it. He didn’t want to be a backup.

  14. maybe the teams can’t say it but the fans can…..

    he will NEVER, NEVER, EVER play in the NFL again.

    LOL.

  15. Like it or not haters but this was a clear violation of the gag rule. Anytime you say “I am not sure this is legal to say” you should just stop right there. Don’t say it because you are talking about something you have been given a gag rule on. Plus Elway’s comments showed they are colluding. He offered Kaep a deal over two years for what he had guaranteed for one with the 49ers. Of course he is good enough to be in the league, anyone who says different isn’t basing their opinion on football. There are far worse people in the league but if you stand up for those without a voice they will kick you out.

  16. Kap is a fraud. Its all about money.

    Sounds like he has some real high character people around him too.

  17. John Elway said nothing he hasn’t said before. He’s used the exact same language every time he was asked about the Kaepernick situation over the past 2 years. “We asked him to renegotiate his deal, he declined, and we moved on from him” Every GM in the league says that about a player they didn’t/couldn’t sign. This is Kaep’s legal team trying to make something out of nothing.

  18. The conservative snowflakes are so easily triggered by the name of Kaepernick. These snowflakes don’t even know WHY players started protesting in the first place. They’ve been told what to by “outraged” about by conservative talk shows and the fake sense of “patriotism”.

  19. Hey, where’s that bombshell revelation that was coming “any day” several months ago?

    I’m starting to wonder who has less of a case, Kaepernick or Mueller.

  20. says:
    August 20, 2018 at 10:29 am
    Clearly there is collusion against Kaepernick. He’s way better than half the QB’s starting in the league.

    Individual teams deciding this guy isn’t for them is not collusion. He is bad for business

  21. “He works out like a banshee. I just saw him last week and physically he could not be in better shape. He’s in impressively good shape, ready to go at any moment.”
    First off, I’m not familiar with how banshees work out. But ok. Secondly, this is as close as I’ve heard anyone in CK’s camp that has talked about his physical condition and readiness to play. If CK wants to come out and state for the record that he actually WANTS to play, and not just appear that that he wants to play (for the purposes of the lawsuit)….then great. Tell NFL teams that you’re willing to come in on a veteran’s minimum “prove it” contract and play.
    Otherwise….this is all just theater and a smoke show. If you want to fight you lawsuit, then fight. If you want to play…then step up and play.

  22. granadafan says:
    August 20, 2018 at 10:51 am
    The conservative snowflakes are so easily triggered by the name of Kaepernick. These snowflakes don’t even know WHY players started protesting in the first place.

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    Kaep started protesting because he was benched for Blaine Gabbert. Everybody knows this.

  23. I love people who say Kaep is better then half the league. He was 4-20 in his final 24 starts in 2015/2016. He brings a lot of negative press and negative fan reactions. Unless he has talent of greatness he is not in the top 32

  24. When lawyers and politicians use the word “clearly” they are attempting to persuade by assumption, doesn’t make anything more true.

  25. blkdogcreative says:
    August 20, 2018 at 10:22 am
    Like him or not he should be playing and the stats clearly support it!
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    Was it his last game against Seattle when he threw for two touchdowns and 200 passing yards in the first half? Then the 49er offense generated 97 total yards in the second half. Yes, the 49ers lost that game. Stick with your stats. Nobody wants a back up qb who wants to get paid starter money. I guess Tebow could claim collusion too?

  26. he wont play for back up money. therefore please tell me which team he can start for:

    buf/jets: both have young qbs they will want to play
    miami: good luck after your pro castro garbage

    cinci: maybe
    cle/bal: see buf and the jets, with the exception of bal having flacco this year

    hou/jax/ten/indy: all have established starters at qb

    den: he turned them down
    kc: young qb

    no one in the nfc east

    chic- another young qb

    tampa- maybe, but they wont give up on winston this early

    ari- another young qb behind a solid starter.

    there is nowhere that he can play. teams either have established starts at qb, or they have young draftees they will give the chance based on the high pick. his only way back in the league is through a back up role, which he will not take. or cincy lol

  27. “…And he’s apparently suffering from some real brain trauma,” Geragos said.

    ————————————————————

    Nice job giving an excuse to your opponent. Elway can now claim he had a CTE moment and forgot he was under a gag order.

  28. The Broncos already have two QB’s with the “CK” initials, why do they need three? Also, Case Keenum and Chad Kelly are good QB’s and not communists, so Elway wins both on and off the field.

  29. let’s put it this way..if the Jaguars had Kap under centre in place of Bortles, they would’ve won the Super Bowl;

    one quarterback has the pedigree, the other is the owner and GM’s pet;

    so let’s lose with the pet—or rather, win games with our defence until we face somebody who can force us to let our pet attempt to make critical plays—than win with the pedigree came within one bad referee’s non-call of winning the title (and who, mind you, has committed no crime whatsoever);

    because our ‘principles are offended’ (imagine that, a bunch of billionaires with scruples) as voiced by President Draft-Dodger whose daddy bought him multiple deferments from Vietnam;

    yeah, makes sense to me;

  30. What Elway said, it’s already been heard before (or at the very least rumored). Honestly, i’m sick of Kaepernick and his lawyer. What good will this do??? Will this get you back in the NFL?? my guess is that in the end, he’ll still be jobless in the NFL. win or lose on this case, there’s no chance he’ll be back in the nfl after this.

    Honestly, he should’ve taken the deal to go to Denver when he had his chance. the 49ers tried to send you to Denver and you didnt want to lose a bit of money. my guess is that if he went to Denver, that his career would’ve been kick started there, but in the end he turned it down and now he’s jobless and will likely only play football in another league (if that league wants him)

  31. Goodell will do nothing. Denver is a protected team.

    When Elway offered to take deferred payments in 1995, 1996 and 1997, to cheat the cap and cheat all other NFL teams, where it’s maybe something they did again in 2015 with HGH Manning in tow, these kinds of things are par for the course in Denver.

    He’s desperate, as he should be, being so awful as a GM, selling out for 1 SB trophy, only to be in cap hell with a crap talent pool to draw from now.

  32. If he was as good as some people think, and he was willing to take a low-cost, incentive-heavy contract, at least half the teams in the league would have tried to sign him, because he would be great for their salary cap. So clearly he is nowhere near that good, and the value he does have as a QB is not enough to overcome the negatives.

  33. dreemeagle says:

    August 20, 2018 at 11:07 am

    let’s put it this way..if the Jaguars had Kap under centre in place of Bortles, they would’ve won the Super Bowl;

    one quarterback has the pedigree, the other is the owner and GM’s pet;

    so let’s lose with the pet—or rather, win games with our defence until we face somebody who can force us to let our pet attempt to make critical plays—than win with the pedigree came within one bad referee’s non-call of winning the title (and who, mind you, has committed no crime whatsoever);

    because our ‘principles are offended’ (imagine that, a bunch of billionaires with scruples) as voiced by President Draft-Dodger whose daddy bought him multiple deferments from Vietnam;

    yeah, makes sense to me;
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    Keep dreaming! And if San Fran had a QB in their super bowl vs Baltimore, they may have won!

  34. I don’t trust or agree with Kapernick what I think Kapernick knees for (I almost accidentally said stands for)

    But I strongly believe that either all should be allowed to talk or none of them, and since for some reason the judge choose none of them, then Elway is in the wrong.

    Also Elways logic is off… yes he offered a mid level contract before the knelling, but didn’t offer even minmim after the knelling. Which doesn’t help a debate that focuses on after the knelling.

    Then again Elway has always been a diva that didn’t like following rules. Including forcing a trade after his draft, and as a player, taking additional salary from the Broncos without it being reported and applied to the cap.

  35. dreemeagle says:
    August 20, 2018 at 11:07 am
    let’s put it this way..if the Jaguars had Kap under centre in place of Bortles, they would’ve won the Super Bowl;

    ———–

    Given his previous two seasons in SF, if the Jags had Kaep under center they would have been a 4-win team. Team’s figured out how to stop Kaep but playing the run. He can’t read a defense to save his life (or his job in this case).

  36. Well, given that he can’t prove any collusion, this is all he has left in his quiver. Geragos comes across like a drowning man clutching at straws.

  37. He works out like a banshee.

    Maybe if he had done more working out and less wearing pig socks and Castro shirts he’d be on an NFL team. He’d be on the Ravens had his girlfriend been able to keep quiet. Now all of a sudden he cares about playing football after he’s already burned all his bridges. It’s not collusion. His choices have put him in the position he’s in. If he wants to blame someone he can blame his girlfriend. He chose poorly.

  38. The NFL isn’t a monolithic beast. It’s 32 different teams. Each solely has determined Kaepernick doesn’t fit with them.

    A few tried to give him a shot, and instead, they were crapped on by Kaepernick, his lawyers, and his psycho girlfriend (who called the owners interested in Kaepernick… get this… slave owners).

    So apparently Kaepernick thinks beggars can be choosers, and when he doesn’t get what he wants, he sues.

    Kaepernick burned his own bridges off the field and none of that had anything to do with kneeling.

    Put the kneeling on top of everything else, and he only screwed himself out of a backup job opportunity, since we all know that’s what he is.

  39. The scope of the gag order did not cover prior kneeling events. KAP was employed at the time, Denver wanted him, the parties couldn’t reach financial terms and the trade was never consumated and Kap remained employed by the 9ers. Soo, Gregaros, tell us how Elways comments constitute collusion to keep your client from working in the NFL? From one attorney to another, you are a major embarrassment to our profession.

  40. I’m tired of seeing people point to Kap’s last season as some proof of greatness. He was terrible. The only reason it looks good statistically is because he threw very few INTs which resulted in a decent QB rating.

    What people don’t point out is that his TD were low. He wasn’t making plays. He was holding the ball. You can say his team was bad. That actually makes Kap’s stats look worse. He was playing in garbarge time almost 3 quarters per week and still didn’t make many plays.

    The real reson he’s not in the league is because he never improved as a QB. He still didn’t read defenses quick enough or go through progressions. If you watched film of Kap, you would see tons of plays where he did have a guy open but didn’t see him.

    That’s fine for a young QB, but Kap is a veteran who should be past that. He isn’t. That’s why he is seen as a backup and if he won’t sign for backup money, that’s why he doesn’t have a job.

  41. I guess that mandatory Ethics/professional integrity class wasn’t around when Kaep’s attorney went to school. Or maybe he thinks Elway’s brain has suffered trauma because Elway offered Kaep a job after years of playing the position poorly.

  42. I thought Kaep’s priority was stamping out social injustice in America. Why does Kaep even care if he is on a team? Maybe it is time for Kaep to work full-time on his true passion.

  43. So Geragos, when did Elway discuss the “collusion case?” By referring to events that happened before the case was filed and the events leading up to the case had
    occured and Kappy was still employed? Tick tock, Counsellor.

  44. Yeah, I can see why they would be angry; it destroys their whole “collusion” argument. He doesn’t a spot on a roster. He wants a fat settlement and continued glory as an activist. It is all a sham. It always was a sham. He alienated millions of people with his hatred for police. Tell ya what, they can’t force us to watch their games. That’s the bottom line, and I won’t watch him play.

  45. Oooh oooh! He violated the gag rule! Now Kap gets to pick any team he wants to start for and gets a record setting 20 year contract. I’m guessing that that’s what his lawyer is going for.

  46. Is this the BOMBSHELL we’ve been hearing about that was supposedly coming about 4-5 months ago??!!!
    & who cares if Kap is in great shape….. what’s that have to do with being able to make all the throws??!!
    He’s living in the world he created for himself….. buhhh bye now!!! Lol

  47. Geragos’ comment that Elway has brain damage was unnecessary. Everyone already knows that.

  48. The NFL is not keeps this kid from working, his diminished skills and failure to drop his asking price have done that….. So tired of hearing about this whiny spoiled millionaire….

  49. Geragos sucked all the money he could from Scott Peterson’s family.

    He’ll do the same with Kaepernick.

    Has Geragos ever won any case?

  50. Elway is part of the collusion because there is no reason why he would not even give Kap a chance even though his team has been clamoring for a quarterback since they won the SB. They traded draft picks for one, signed one who had left and then was cut by the Browns after being traded by Houston.

  51. ““He works out like a banshee. I just saw him last week and physically he could not be in better shape.”

    When I think about the best QBs ever, some real prize physical specimens like Joe Montana, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning come to mind.

    Nobody cares that Kaepernick is pumping weights in a gym in New York. What he needs to be doing is learning to play quarterback at a high level.

  52. Headline should be – “Kaepernick’s lawyer: I need to rely on idiots in the media to keep my case alive so I can keep being paid, because even I realize my client is not good enough”

  53. Ho hum.
    Whats new in the world of Kaepernick.
    Keep that name out there, because were it not for the MSM, he would just go away and away from potential big bucks

  54. Once again, let’s make it very clear. Kaepernick’s record in his last 24 starts was 4-20. Collusion? Maybe common sense.

  55. lmao this guy milking kap dry… where’s that big bombshell he promised was coming “soon”…super professional of him to make that wise crack about brain trauma… the guy oozes class…

  56. omeimontis says:
    August 20, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    Elway is part of the collusion because there is no reason why he would not even give Kap a chance even though his team has been clamoring for a quarterback since they won the SB. They traded draft picks for one, signed one who had left and then was cut by the Browns after being traded by Houston.

    ———–

    Ummmmmm…..Elway DID give Kaep a chance. Kaep rejected it. Please try to keep up.

  57. I wonder if a team can sign him and then cut him and say he didn’t make the 53 roster spot. If that happen I wonder if this collusion case will end since thats normally for teams to choose who they want to make their team and this will end up not being because of his protest anymore so we can finally put all this to rest

  58. Doesn’t matter if he could still play or not.

    He’s got tons of BAGGAGE, as in disruptions. No team wants to deal with that.

    Never mind most fans can’t stand him.

    His own mother that adopted him, dis-owned him…

  59. Hastyle Eagle says:
    August 20, 2018 at 10:29 am
    Clearly there is collusion against Kaepernick. He’s way better than half the QB’s starting in the league.

    —————————
    He really isn’t.
    Maybe at the peak of his playing ability, that held true. However, he had plenty enough playing time to stamp him as “not NFL starter quality”

  60. Kaepernick was the QB version of the Wildcat offense. It worked for a while until defenses figured it out. The wildcat has been largely abandoned but perhaps it’s creator should hire Geragos to address the collusion that keeps the wildcat off the field.

  61. CP is good enough for this story to be still in the news but not good enough to be given a chance. What he would bring to a team on the field once the anthem was finished would simply not be worth what would have gone on before it and after the game. We know how coaches and players have limited time between games, talking about the game they just lost or won, recovering and getting ready for the next. If CP was on the team it would be massive distraction. Just not worth the gamble.

  62. This is NOT collusion. This is each individual team owner not being willing to sign a circus side show to wear their uniform. What little he may provide on the field over whatever backup talent is already on the field is offset by the off field distraction that no team will ever be willing to simply ignore. It’s beyond laughable that Kaepernick and/or his lawyer honestly believe that every owner is purposely sending a message. Kaepernick is the won who sent the message that non football activities take precedence over actual football activities. He’s made it easy for the owners to look elsewhere for team improvements.

  63. Maybe Doug Flutie should speak to Geragos. He was absolutely blackballed. Tebow as well. Right back to the old Christians v Lions deal but no love from the JSW’s. It’s always about……..

  64. Although Kaepernick may still be able to play, like Dez Bryant, what team wants a management problem on its hands when managing 52 other players and winning games is challenging in a competitive league? These “special case” players are simply not worth the trouble. There are already enough good players out there. Who the heck needs Kaepernick or Bryant? Nobody!

  65. blkdogcreative says:
    August 20, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Like him or not he should be playing and the stats clearly support it!

    ================

    Do you mean like Kaepernick posting a W/L record of 3-16 in his last 2 NFL seasons?

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    Yes….when he threw 16 TD and 4 ints the last year.

  66. Kap played 12 games in 2016. If you extrapolate Kap’s numbers over 16 games, you get

    2988 yards, 21 TD and 5 INT with an anemic 6.7 yds per attempt and total QBR of only 49.2 which was below Osweiler.

    By any measurement, that is a bad QB performance ranking down around QB 27 range. So pleas spare me this revisionist history the Kap is some pro bowler being blackballed. He’s a journeyman QB who thinks he’s a star and won’t play for the money that his subpar stats merit.

  67. Kaepernick was awful in 2016. He averaged 1.5 points per drive in that 1-10 stretch. The hideous Broncos QBs of 2017 averaged 1.35. Carr and Manuel averaged 1.79 in a really bad Raiders season last year. 1.5 points per drive is not someone who deserves a job. Gabbert was also 1.5 points per drive that year, so he is Blaine Gabbert with awful social media filth.

    No thanks.

  68. tylawspick6 says:
    August 20, 2018 at 11:21 am
    Goodell will do nothing. Denver is a protected team.

    When Elway offered to take deferred payments in 1995, 1996 and 1997, to cheat the cap and cheat all other NFL teams, where it’s maybe something they did again in 2015 with HGH Manning in tow, these kinds of things are par for the course in Denver.

    He’s desperate, as he should be, being so awful as a GM, selling out for 1 SB trophy, only to be in cap hell with a crap talent pool to draw from now.
    —————–

    Maybe you should stick to Spygate and Deflategate and the other gates that the cheating Pats are infamous for.

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