Colin Kaepernick’s lawyer says NFL kowtowed to the President

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Roger Goodell’s comments on Colin Kaepernick Wednesday were lost in all the talk of the missed interference call in the NFC Championship Game. But the former NFL quarterback’s attorney was listening to every word.

He responded Thursday with an appearance on the Today show, blasting the commissioner and the NFL for colluding to appease President Trump.

“I think the commissioner was roasted appropriately on social media,” Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s attorney, said. “. . . The whole thing is basically a ruse. The collusion actually was the NFL kowtowing to the President.”

Goodell, at his annual state of the league press conference, was asked about Kaepernick’s continued unemployment. He answered by saying that if a team decides that “Colin Kaepernick, or any other player, can help their team win, that’s what they’ll do.”

Geragos pointed to Washington’s signing of Mark Sanchez, after Alex Smith and Colt McCoy were injured, as an example of how the NFL has frozen out Kaepernick.

He also noted other quarterbacks “well past their prime” have signed.

“There isn’t anyone who has a couple of neurons firing that wouldn’t say this isn’t collusive activity,” Geragos said.

Geragos said Kaepernick continues to work out and remains in “spectacular” shape in hopes of one day playing in the NFL again.

“History is going to look kindly [on Kaepernick],” Geragos said.

102 responses to “Colin Kaepernick’s lawyer says NFL kowtowed to the President

  1. Didn’t he also claim that a mystery witness was about to give the case a dramatic turn and “dime out” the league, so we should all stay tuned? That was in May 2018.

  2. And how about two dozen other former NFL starting quarterbacks who are not signed? His attorney seems to only selectively pick those who got signed. Tony Romo couldn’t find a job in the NFL after being injured as a starter. Should Tony Romo sue also? Why not Terrell Owens then? Where will this nonsense end?

  3. Funny how no one has ever seen a video or still shots of him working out, and being in football shape. And never has a quote been from Mr. Colon, always from his liar lawyer. NFL teams decided on their own that he is more trouble than he is worth. The President has nothing to do with it.

  4. Why would any team want this malcontent in their locker room. He is all about himself and not about the team, and to be honest except for one or two years he wasn’t that good of a QB.

  5. Kaep had 1 and 1/2 years of average QB play and bragged that he didn’t need to study film to get better. Add to that his phony “injustice” nonsense, his insistence that violent criminals be put on pedestals and treated as heroes, refusing to acknowledge the value of education, work ethic, or family values… Why would ANY team want to deal with that and alienate 99% of their fanbase?

  6. I wonder why we heard nothing from Kaep when Reid was calling Jenkins a sell out…even though Jenkins is doing a lot of really good things with communities/police relations

  7. We have not heard from Kaepernick directly in a long time.
    He has not held a private or public tryout and invited teams.
    He has not inquired to go play in the CFL.
    He has not inquired about playing in the Spring League.
    He has not done any football activities in over 2 years.

    Why do we assume he even wants to play?

  8. Plays badly, Pulls a variety of crap-on-culture PR stunts that backfire, Opts out of a multi-million dollar contract & someone in his camp slanders an owner of a team that is about to sign him.

    Nobody is buying their everyone else is wrong argument.

  9. I am amazed at this grievance continuing on. Geragos thinks it’s unconscionable that Kaepernick has not been signed, which means it must be collusive activity. No one said a peep about Ray Rice or Dez Bryant going unsigned. Was it collusion that caused La’el Collins to go undrafted? It is simply earth shattering that 32 teams could individually decide not to sign Kaepernick! Kaepernick is bad for business and his playing ability does not supersede his perceived negatives. Kareem Hunt will get a new deal somewhere; clearly a disturbing video will be set aside because his upside is so high. Other than Jerry Jones, most NFL teams want maximum fans and marketability. If Kaepernick was considered a great player, even a conservative owner would consider bringing him in under the auspice of the game over politics. He’s just considered to be thermonuclear with not enough upside.

  10. I watched the 49er/Raven Superbowl replay the other day. I watched carefully and the reason the 49ers lost really was because of Kaepernick. He was all over the place during the game and it did look like he choked on that last 4th and goal. I guess he could be a back up, but never a starter.

  11. None of the mentioned quarterbacks come with the circus that C.K. brings. That’s why nobody wants him, not worth it.

  12. I seriously doubt the 32 owners all got together in a room and said “we’re going to blackball Kaepernick”. That would be collusion.

    32 individuals each telling their GM’s I want nothing to do with that guy is not only not collusion, it’s a perfectly rational decision. I’m a Lions fan. Kaepernick would be absolutely useless to us.

    People on the left have this pathological need to believe there is always some conspiracy against them, instead of facing the truth, which is that they are not as smart, competent, talented or capable as they want to think they are.

  13. The most remarkable thing about all of this is that Geragos actually continues to convince Kaepernick that the attorney’s PR strategy is helping anything at all.

    Reports about Kaepernick are fewer and father between, and they only seem to drift further away from any meaningful outcome, legal or otherwise.

    I have no problem with Kapernick playing again, anywhere. But this interminable mudslinging has seemed like the worst possible way to make that happen.

  14. STILL WAITING ON THAT “BIG” ANNOUNCEMENT….. I won’t hold my breath. Kap overestimated his value to teams and asked for too much money and wanted to be a starter THAT is why he is not playing in the NFL today and back then. Pretty simple when you think about it

  15. Hmmmm we’re all wondering when “the BIG annoucement” will be made by this glorified ambulance chaser.

  16. Did his lawyer forget what happened when the ravens tried to sign him? I think that plays into no job a lot more than he realizes.

  17. I’ve said this a million times. Kap signing w/ Washington when they signed Sanchez would have been a huge mistake. There is not a QB in the world who could have helped them at that time… no QB is going to learn the system and effectively run the system in week 13 of an NFL season. Kap (or ANY QB) signing in Washington would have been a disaster… and lead to his detractors saying “see? Race had nothing to do with it. He just stinks.”

  18. The league is very competitive. If anyone thought he would help them win… thirty-two teams would sign him…..now.

  19. Did his lawyer mention the $7 Million Elway made offer this guy TURNED DOWN ?? He’s a one hit wonder who’s nothing but a ” Legend in his own mind ” !!! GET OVER IT !!!

  20. Hey “bootguy” if you’re going to post something at least be honest.

    Per USA Toady; Yes, the former 49ers quarterback, who filed a collusion grievance against the NFL earlier this year, did turn down an offer from the Broncos … in April 2016 — months before he ever protested racial inequality during the playing of the national anthem. It was widely reported by multiple outlets at the time.

  21. The left blames everything on President Trump and the leftist media censors anyone for saying so. Yeah, free speech my rear. Maybe it’s because no university will allow a conservative to speak on campus. This is exactly why someone like me that voted for Obama and every other Democrat in the past voted for Trump this time. Funny thing is, you still don’t get it.

  22. Bottom line. If you worked for someone, and you became too much of a pain in the *ss, you’d get fired. Why should I hire someone, they fired? He’s a trouble maker and no one wants to put up with his sh*t

  23. Kaep is way better than those qb’s that signed. So backups don’t play but 1 or 2 games and some how are more ready to play than Kaep? Why?

  24. He doesn’t want to play. They have to pretend he does so it will help his martyrdom and maybe get a settlement from the league to go away.

    The longer he stays away, the more the media remembers his career like he was Joe Montana.

  25. When every other story you have told has fallen flat on its face you can always blame Trump. Enough people hate him you will get some automatic buy in just for saying it.

  26. Kenneth Vidato says:
    January 31, 2019 at 1:14 pm
    Kaep is way better than those qb’s that signed. So backups don’t play but 1 or 2 games and some how are more ready to play than Kaep? Why?

    ————————-
    They have been attending practices and working out.

  27. Ah, Colin you totally misplayed it. If Kaepernick would only come out and praise Trump, for instance calling him a handsome man with wonderful hair and an athletic build, Trump would extol Kaepernick as a “great guy” who has a constitutional right to protest. Flattery gets you everywhere with Trump — witness his lavish public praise for the likes of Kim Jung-un, Putin, and Duterte and those dudes kill people (which is arguably worse than taking a knee.)

  28. No doubt he’d be a distraction for any team bringing him in. But there’s a little more to it than that – the last year he played (2016) his record was 1 win and 10 losses in 11 starts. The year before that (2015) his record was 2 wins and 6 losses in 8 starts. In 2014, his record was 8-8. He went steadily downhill following a good 2013 when he went 14-5. It’s a team game and all that, so it’s not all on him. But there’s no doubt he was declining. To say he’s better than many out there who are playing now doesn’t hold water. Manziel had a better year in 2015 than Kap did. At least Johnny Football swallowed his pride and is making an effort to prove he can still play. I really wish Kap would do the same. But he won’t… because it’ll PROVE that he doesn’t have it any more, and that will blow his case as a victim of collusion.

  29. The fact that Geragos continues on his media tour without actually moving his clients’ case forward is quite the tell. Not to mention his over hyperbolic language, “anyone with any neurons firing wouldn’t say this isn’t collusive activity..”, just feels like he’s trying to convince everyone about the non-existent boogie monster in glaring detail. We all know it isn’t real Mr. Geragos, even if you want to try and talk us into it.

  30. If they want him, someone will hire him, pretty obvious no one does. The reward has to outweigh the risk. In his case it doesnt. If no team takes Kareem Hint it’s because of risk to reward not collusion

  31. I personally think that the reason that Kaepernick isn’t playing right now is the size of his fro. I mean, c’mon Colin, blow that fro out to the size of your ego. Once any NFL franchise gets a load of his new super fro, he will be signed to a roster immediately.

  32. When you hire someone, you hire the entire person. His work ethic and ability to do your job properly, your ability to work within an organizational model, your willingness to be a team member and not a rogue or renegade who bring discontent and distraction to the workplace. When you hire someone and they feel it’s appropriate to bring non-workplace issues to work with you and waste everyone’s time with drama based on your inability to get ahead for no reason other than the ones you brought with you, you’re fired.

    It’s not complicated. There’s no other private business that would put up with this nonsense. Once you go out on the street with this stuff you are radioactive. From that point you’re left with Blame, Lie and Manipulate.

  33. Doesn’t the fact that Goodell has stated that teams will bring any player that will help them win while teams have elected not to sign Kaep for non-football reasons suggest that the Commissioner and the individual teams have not consulted each other in order to keep their stories straight, i.e. that no collusion has taken place?

    Kowtowing to the President may not delight the liberal media, but it is hardly evidence of collusion.

  34. Kaep was a bad QB before President TRUMP started his efforts to Make America Great Again and will continue to be a bad QB after President TRUMP is re-elected. Considering that TRUMP has delivered the LOWEST EVER Black unemployment, I suggest Kaep go and get a job.

  35. My mother told me not to talk religion, politics and sports, took me a long time to figure out why.

  36. Liberals call “collusion” every time they don’t get the job they want. Maybe Kaepernick and Hillary Clinton can tour together?

  37. Lol he won’t shut up because he’s still earning endorsement money. Everyone including himself knows that he’s washed up as a pro football player.

  38. There are a host of non-racial legitimate football reasons why a team would not sign Kaepernick. And folks can have a legitimate difference of opinion on the propriety of kneeling during the national anthem. But make no mistake, Trump exploited this issue to appeal to the worst racist sentiments of a sizeable portion of his base. That unfortunate racist appeal was part of a pattern — the birther attack, “fine people” among the white supremacists who were carrying torches chanting anti-Semitic slogans, illegal immigrants are racist etc. IMHO Colin shouldn’t have kneeled while on the job. But Trump made it worse. #sad.

  39. kevpft says:
    January 31, 2019 at 12:34 pm
    The most remarkable thing about all of this is that Geragos actually continues to convince Kaepernick that the attorney’s PR strategy is helping anything at all.

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    This the real shame here. The owners get vilified here while Geragos struts around like he is the big hero fighting for the little guy.

    But the reality is that the owners are doing nothing to Kaepernick nor taking anything away from him. They just arent giving him something either. (And it takes an insane sense of entitlement for anyone to ever think they are owed a job)

    The real one that is truly and actively hurting Kaepernick is Geragos who is simply exploiting Kaepernick for his own profit.

  40. Republicans are constitutionally unable to discern a fact from a lie.
    That’s why they support the liar in chief.

    “All hail the great combover!”

  41. All of the QBs mentioned by the “lawyer” were in the game all along (as to the “well past their prime” line). Mr. Kaepernick is past his “prime” and now hasn’t even been seen in 2+ years with a football in his hands. But he’s in super shape.
    Mr. Geragos leaves out that the bench sitting/kneeling started after he lost his job to Blaine Gabbert (yes, let that sink in). Only weeks later when someone asked him about it did it turn into a statement about perceived racism and injustice in society (the underlying “facts” of the alleged statement are open for all sorts of debate as well as plenty of actual facts have belied the pedaled narrative). Good luck to him and he’s much better just keeping quiet and letting his case proceeds than having this clown yuk it up. This thing will end about the same time as the Mueller investigation (early line over under on that is sometime in 2020).

  42. People don’t understand Kaepernick the boy grew up with two white parents, went to a white school and is half white. The struggle was real for him.

  43. Serious question….the owners are there to make money….so, if any one of them thought that CK would help them win and make money, wouldn’t they have said “no” to whomever orchestrated this meeting where the collusion happened? Were they threatened somehow that if they hired CK they would suffer some consequences? If any owners felt that signing him would boost revenue, they would have signed him. The “Good Old Boys” defense is secondary to the almighty dollar every time.

  44. TO is still in shape too! Thanks to whoever that was that posted his crap stats the last 2 years he played to show it is about talent first. Simply put, Harbaugh made him successful by playing him in a system that utilized his strengths. After teams figured out how to neutralize him, he couldn’t adjust his game and all his weaknesses became apparent. Just another article to try to keep this guy in the news.

  45. It doesn’t look like he wants to play, not working out to stay in shape, you’d think he would’ve tried to land a gig on the AAF football league or CFL.

    It seems its his lawyer and radical girlfriend that want him to continue to play in the NFL and not KAP—the lawyer for the $$$$$ he’s getting for this case, the girlfriend wants Kap to have a national platform to promote “the cause” ………

    Perhaps his lawyer needs to look at game “film” to help figure out why he’s not playing in the NFL.

  46. Are teams not entitled to make personnel decisions according how they anticipate that player in question will not only perform via X’s & O’s….but also how they will effect the team culture and moral?
    Any GM would be an complete IDIOT to bring this sort of corrosive, cancerous, ‘Perpetual Victimology / Social Justice Whining’….LOSER mentality onto their squad. It’s an inherently bad gamble and a great way to infuse a divisive rift into your locker room.

  47. Kowtowing to the President is not collusion. even if they all go up on the stand and say that it is true, I don’t see how he wins the case on that alone.

  48. He wants to be a victim, if hes hired by an NFL team, he cant claim victim-hood anymore. Who would hire such a cancer to their lockeroom or team. Its obvious football is not his priority. Its fighting to turn the US into a socialist state. Im just confused why he doesn’t move to Venezuela…

  49. The only way ANY team should sign him is if there is a clause in his contract that states he cannot talk to the media and the media is no longer allowed at team facilities. That is the ONLY way the circus does not come to town with this clown.

  50. Here’s the “ruse.”
    Colin Kaepernick and his attorney wants him to appear likes he wants to play. His brand is predicated on the belief that he’s a victim and a martyr. If he actually plays, that distinction is removed. He’s better off continuing to play the victim only appearing like he wants to play. He doesn’t want to.

    Plus, if he goes out there and stinks up the joint…..his brand takes a further hit. Right now many want to hold up and believe he’s a Super Bowl caliber QB. He’s not. There’s lots of players who played 5+ years ago who were once good…but are not today. Colin is living off history and perception.

  51. Mid to low level backup talent at best at this point in his career + only doing well historically in a system most teams don’t run + massive PR fiasco = 32 teams independently deciding not to sign you.

  52. If Kaep actually wanted to play again – and I do NOT believe that’s the case – then he most certainly shot himself in the foot, both legs and the head, as everyone here has noted.

    However, I’d also like to point out the grave error he made in selecting his representation, a tool of a lawyer who has done nothing but dig his hole SO much deeper with every word he utters that the man will never see the light of the NFL sky again, no matter what.

    Geragos has GOT to be the most unlikable guy on the planet. In a case like this collusion horse hockey, where the plaintiff’s actions were almost universally despised to begin with and the premise of the lawsuit itself compounded that disdain a hundredfold, it seems to me the very last thing you’d want is a lawyer who rubs EVERYONE the wrong way and makes Baghdad Bod look like a man of truth and integrity.

  53. Yes. The league did kowtow to Trump. Until His Fraudulence came out and attacked Kaepernick, the kneeling wasn’t much of an issue….and likely would have gone away a lot quicker.

  54. radar8 says:
    January 31, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Yes. The league did kowtow to Trump. Until His Fraudulence came out and attacked Kaepernick, the kneeling wasn’t much of an issue….and likely would have gone away a lot quicker.
    ___________________
    Must be your racism that causes you to find so objectionable someone that delivered the LOWEST EVER Black unemployment while putting the Koreas on a path to peace using strategies entirely his own. Be better (or, like Kaep, at least don’t be terrible)

  55. I don’t think owners are as progressive and about money as they say they are. Whichever team signs Kap will see a massive increase in merchandising sales and will sell out stadiums for at least a season or two. There’s really nothing bad that can come from it. Ya, you may lose some season ticket clientele, but you’ll be able to replace them much quicker than you think. With that being said, you also end up on the right side of history and your legacy now pairs with social justice and equality. How could you lose?

  56. Geragos has already proven time and again that his “information” is completely unreliable. He just wanted to make sure he didn’t fall too far from the spotlight.

  57. 32 NFL owners are business people and they indivually understand the toxic vibe CK brings. Look what happened last year- ratings down, fans boycotting games, empty seats.
    Just think what would happen if if one of us was a Kroger cashier and we protested on the job in some fashion for some cause. We would be terminated in a hot minute. Customers would be outraged. If we protested on the next job site we would be fired again and word would get around town. Doubt we get another job.

  58. He doesn’t want to play now. If he doesn’t play lights out it will destroy his present gig, which is none to shabby . Nike, anyone?

  59. He was offered a contract by Denver and he turned it down. Teams then decided the headache of the constant media distraction wasn’t worth the money he was demanding. End of story. I guarantee if he was willing to take a small deal and agree not to protest during the anthem, he’d have an offer for the 2019 season. It is not a right to play in the NFL and teams can choose to sign whom they please for whatever reason they choose, as long as they are not violating State or Federal employment laws. This “attorney” might want to bone up on his law books. Proving “collusion” will never happen. Kaep obviously doesn’t want to play that bad, so how about you stop wasting the court’s time, and taxpayer money, on your bogus lawsuit. No one wants this guy back in the league. He’s full of himself.

  60. Kaep has been out of the league for two seasons. Even if he did try to come back, he’d be very, very rusty and his skills, timing, and stamina would almost certainly be diminished. That would make him an easy target for even more haters. I think he’s better off staying off the field and pursuing his human rights/social progress agenda. (But the collusion lawsuit should definitely move forward, no matter what. The NFL screwed him over because they didn’t like his politics, and that’s an injustice. He has broken no laws and hasn’t hurt anyone. the NFL should have to pay for what they’ve done to Kaepernick.)

  61. youngnoize says:
    January 31, 2019 at 3:17 pm
    I don’t think owners are as progressive and about money as they say they are. Whichever team signs Kap will see a massive increase in merchandising sales and will sell out stadiums for at least a season or two. There’s really nothing bad that can come from it. Ya, you may lose some season ticket clientele, but you’ll be able to replace them much quicker than you think. With that being said, you also end up on the right side of history and your legacy now pairs with social justice and equality. How could you lose?

    Just because a few SJW’s or SJW wannabees buy a few shirts b/c they know it will irritate a particular segment of the population does not in any way translate into these Social Media Heroes buying tickets. There’s only one reason they support CK and it has absolutely nothing to do with football. It is however intended to eliminate any chance for harmony in this country. Seems like they don’t really want it. Once achieved, there’s no more memes to hide behind.

  62. raymondmac says:
    January 31, 2019 at 1:58 pm
    Republicans are constitutionally unable to discern a fact from a lie.

    Not surprising, having been lied to by the left so often they’ve lost the ability to differentiate. But again, maybe as Chuck JohnsonGuam will capsize. Maybe someday Pelosi will read the ACA.

  63. The Republican party and its figurehead have lied averaging 15-20 lies per day.
    Trump’s lie count is running over 8000 lies to date.
    Their whole philosophy is corrupt. It’s easy to see why they fall in line like lemmings behind their racist, bigoted, tax cheat, draft evading, leader

  64. walllamp947460497 says:
    January 31, 2019 at 11:56 am

    And how about two dozen other former NFL starting quarterbacks who are not signed? His attorney seems to only selectively pick those who got signed. Tony Romo couldn’t find a job in the NFL after being injured as a starter. Should Tony Romo sue also? Why not Terrell Owens then? Where will this nonsense end?

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

    Romo was injured and TO was way past his prime. Kaep was in his prime and still playing better them most back-ups and some starters.

    Kaep is better than…
    Case Kennum – Denver
    Derek Anderson – Bufflo
    Chad Henne – Tennessee
    Mike Glennon – Arizona
    David Fales – Miami
    Brian Hoyer – New England
    Etc. etc.

  65. I admit to scrolling down until I see thumbs down on TRUTH… it reminds me of what ‘murica was built on.

  66. Billionaires and millionaires look out for each other. They do not want their way of life altered in any except if it makes them richer.

  67. The NFL should just pay off Kaepernick with the condition that he doesn’t ever bother them again.
    We all know that’s his motivation anyway.

  68. contender21open says:
    January 31, 2019 at 4:12 pm
    walllamp947460497 says:
    January 31, 2019 at 11:56 am

    And how about two dozen other former NFL starting quarterbacks who are not signed? His attorney seems to only selectively pick those who got signed. Tony Romo couldn’t find a job in the NFL after being injured as a starter. Should Tony Romo sue also? Why not Terrell Owens then? Where will this nonsense end?

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

    Romo was injured and TO was way past his prime. Kaep was in his prime and still playing better them most back-ups and some starters.

    Kaep is better than…
    Case Kennum – Denver
    Derek Anderson – Bufflo
    Chad Henne – Tennessee
    Mike Glennon – Arizona
    David Fales – Miami
    Brian Hoyer – New England
    ========================================================================

    Kaep is a one trick pony who that stares down his first and only option.. fires bullets on screens, injured ducks for deep passes.. and openly announced to his coaches and teammates that he doesn’t need to study film…..
    Guess what, given his lack of talent and the media circus he’d attract, he is NOT worth having on your team. Period.
    In their last two years:
    Keap: 3W / 16L, 59% Completion, 23TD / 9 INT, 1 Game Winning Drive….. took a knee every game
    Tebow: 8 W / 6 L, 48% Completion, 17 TD / 9 INT, 6 Game winning drives…. took a knee every game

    In a league where only wins matter Tebow had more game winning drives than Kaep had wins. Stats are essentially the same yet most of Kaep’s came late when they were gettign blown out and Ds went soft on him.
    Both became a media circus and not worth what they brought to the table as a QB.

    END
    OF
    STORY

  69. I hate Trump. But Kaepernick and his team have this completely wrong. The NFL was NOT kowtowing to Trump, because this has nothing to do with him.

    The league was kowtowing to their fans who have left in droves over Kaeprnick’s position and the NFL’s earlier stance that appeared to support him.

    The fans were furious and the NFL needs to bring them back since they are the reason they existing the first place.

  70. Imagine that from the commission that toured Atl? What a joke Trump and the owners are in the NFL except the Panthers progressive owner who hates Trump even though he’s a Republican. Imagine that!!

  71. raymondmac says:
    January 31, 2019 at 1:58 pm
    Republicans are constitutionally unable to discern a fact from a lie.
    ———————————
    That would explain how democrats continue to get elected.

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