NFL’s settlement avoids disclosure of emails, texts, testimony

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The NFL, which has rarely met a P.R. crisis it hasn’t bungled, has made a wise and prudent move in settling the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion grievances.

The buying of peace carries with it not only the avoidance of a potentially massive judgment and the embarrassment and stress of a full-blown hearing during which owners and executives would have been twisted in various shapes and sizes of sailing knots but also the disclosure of a likely treasure trove of emails, text messages, and deposition transcripts generated in more than a year of pre-hearing discovery.

Win or lose, that information could have been devastating to the NFL, both as it relates to potential proof that the league office tried to discourage teams from signing Kaepernick and/or Reid and as it relates to evidence of people overstepping their roles and/or failing to competently perform the duties of their jobs and/or saying dumb things that would have fueled umpteen news cycles.

Silence becomes a big part of what the league paid for, via a confidential settlement that may never be leaked but that will invite speculation that the NFL — which rarely settles anything — paid huge money to make Kaepernick and Reid go away.

The fact that Reid’s case also was settled confirms that the NFL did this to keep testimony and documents secret, and that the NFL offered enough to persuade Reid, who in some ways seemed to be even more determined to seek justice than Kaepernick, to stand down.

But Kaepernick surely got much more than Reid, because Kaepernick had a much stronger case than Reid. And even though the NFLPA has expressed hope that Kaepernick will return to the NFL, there’s a chance that Kaepernick’s settlement (the terms of which the NFLPA isn’t aware) includes a provision that he won’t seek, and won’t be offered, NFL employment.

For the league, that would make a wise decision even wiser, because the same alleged collusion that resulted in the settlement could spark a fresh collusion case that would apply from the day after the ink dries on the deal. But it also should make a costly settlement even more costly.

138 responses to “NFL’s settlement avoids disclosure of emails, texts, testimony

  1. In any industry, owners do not like to hire litigious prospects with histories of suing their employers. I think the chances of Kaepernick playing for the NFL, CFL or even getting a broadcast job are null. I hope he invests his last paycheck wisely.

  2. Best thing about a non disclosure agreement is everyone can espouse a position that can’t be refuted or confirmed. Good start here, Mike.

  3. The NFL literally denounced scientific fact to prove a point to the NFLPA, and to satisfy the petty jealously of owners.

    The fact they settled here is virtually proof of collusion.

  4. I’m surprised that with the NFL being the bastion of truth and honesty that they wouldn’t prove that they would never act in a way detrimental to the shield by revealing how those text messages and emails prove their innocence.

  5. “Win or lose, that information could have been devastating to the NFL, both as it relates to potential proof that the league office tried to discourage teams from signing Kaepernick and/or Reid and as it relates to evidence of people overstepping their roles and/or failing to competently perform the duties of their jobs and/or saying dumb things that would have fueled umpteen news cycles.”
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    NICE TRY. There wasn’t any, otherwise lwayer Mark Geragos would’ve leaked them the moment he got his hands on it. He kept on promising a big bombshell, yet fizzled each and every time. That tells you all you need to know.

  6. The city of Oakland has also filed a lawsuit against the NFL because the Raiders are moving. If Oakland has access to the emails and testimony in the Kap and Eric Reid case, that could help them prove that the owners are capable of colluding, and a jury may be more likely to believe that they also colluded in approving the Raiders move to Vegas.

  7. Reid is on a team because he is good. CK is not good, and he wanted top tier money for a bottom half skill level. The fact that CK asked for $20M to play in the AAF shows you all you need to know. Teams were smart by not signing him, he was demanding too much for what he had to offer.

  8. “Silence becomes a big part of what the league paid for, via a confidential settlement that may never be leaked but that will invite speculation that the NFL — which rarely settles anything — paid huge money to make Kaepernick and Reid go away.”
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    Are you seriously suggesting two social activists actually SETTLED FOR MONEY?? If they were truly committed to their cause, no amount of money would cause them to waver. Isn’t the point of the lawsuit is to “EXPOSE” the NFL?

    Seems like there wasn’t much to expose and they settled up to pay off their huge legal bills instead.

  9. Next up is the CTE lawsuits and they have a much stronger case than CK ever did. NFL will probably be bankrupted. But settle once and lawyers smell blood in the water like sharks!

  10. If Colin was truly fighting to equal rights than he wouldn’t have settled the case and made the NFL show discrimination. Instead he was only in it for his own financial gain.

  11. Looks to me like both parties lost and won. The NFL doesn’t get proven innocent, but Kap and Reid can’t say that they won either. They get paid for nothing…their lawyers get paid…and the NFL gets silence.

  12. Since when has th NFL ever kept anything quiet? As for Kaepernick he was representing his honor and his right to wear his kill a pig socks. Cash wise he sold out on both counts!

  13. I don’t believe the BS story about Kap asking the AAF for $20m for a second. Who was the source of the story, and why has this come out now the case has been settled? Another ploy to make the guy look bad, and it seem from the comments the bait has been taken. Kap’s just been paid a GREAT deal of money from the NFL to shut up and go away. He doesn’t need the AAF. However – the AAF need the publicity. Go figure.

  14. omeimontis says:
    February 15, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    The settlement really chaps the hides of the collusion deniers and Kap haters.

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    What world do you live in? This kind of stuff happens all the time. It’s not an indication of merit. It’s a business decision.

  15. in it for attention and money. 20 million because you really don’t want to play and now suddenly settling. the nfl will prevail in the long run from this.

  16. When he quit the 49ers he left millions and millions on the table and walked away because he and his agent knew he’d get a better offer. It didn’t happen and now we have this nonsense.
    Although I think Kaep should of got nothing, I doubt the NFL would give him more than a percentage of that last contract. I’ll bet 5m max with a 40% going to the clown lawyer.

    If they really had a smoking gun, there is no way Garrigos (sp?) wouldn’t leak it and up to now, we had nothing except hot air from day #1.

  17. omeimontis says:
    February 15, 2019 at 3:26 pm
    The settlement really chaps the hides of the collusion deniers and Kap haters.

    Quite the opposite actually. We now bask in the knowledge that this coincidental justice warrior’s integrity has a price tag. He also does not care a whit for those people who make the clothing for the “giant corporation” that pays him to sell to other malcontents. He has become a proven flim flam artist. What’s troubling is that some still despise their country so much that they would buy in to this nonsense. Just follow the timeline of his benching and his proclamation. Or are hard, quantifiable facts not valid in this argument?

  18. omeimontis says:
    February 15, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    The settlement really chaps the hides of the collusion deniers and Kap haters.
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    Your SJW hero sold out for what? Money. Looks to me he sold out his causes.

  19. Kaep just continues to win…lol all you fools who lied about the reasons he was out of the league still cant man up and say he was right…Kaep is laughing all the way to the bank with his millions…

  20. Most likely there was embarrassing information causing both sides discomfort.
    If there was so much damning evidence to prove collusion, Reid and Kaepernick would have pushed for a judgment.
    This is just an efficient for both sides to put a period on this sideshow.
    As for this issue setting some kind of precedent, there was no finding or judgement.
    It’s as if it never happened.

    On a side note, I’d just like to salute Colin Kaepernick, Believe in something, at least until you have the opportunity to sell out for everything.

  21. A settlement was bound to happen and expected , the NFL needed this put to rest, the press on it , the coverage on it etc ……Paying the two is not an admission of guilt by any means….32 owners said make this go away …….. in the process by not going to any trial or having a verdict or said arbitrator make a judgement which would have created a precedence …..Now no precedence has been set , and in any future common problems like this leaving themselves open to go the full way when and if it matters . Reid was signed , talent prevailed , Kap not so much . What was everything he sacrificed again?

    I hope Nike has a new add with Kap making it rain with dollar bills?

    “When you believe in something so much you sacrifice everything……until you get a financial settlement and sweep it under the rug “

  22. Maybe he can’t talk, but he hasn’t said much anyway. The press can still speculate, and will … and we’ll continue to be subjected to one speculative story after another.

  23. Back of the napkin math….
    So he supposedly got 60-80mm$ ?
    Kap pays tax on whole thing….even before Geragos gets his piece.
    Roughly 40-45% between Fed and State (he resides in California ….no joke with taxes).
    So before Geragos sees a dime Kap has 35-50mm left.
    Geragos then gets 20-27mm$ ….he still entitled to 1/3 of the total settlement pre-tax.
    End result he takes in somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-25mm$…… or one season of work as a starting QB.

  24. Sometimes people settle by paying more than they want to make a case go away and get closure.

    Sometimes people settle and take what they can get for fear of getting nothing.

    Sometimes people get confidentiality agreements so others don’t know how much they paid to get out of a case.

    And sometimes, people get confidentiality so they do not have to let others know how little they got out of the case.

    All are possibilities in this case. But, you would never know it by the article as it appears the only logical explanation is the NFL paid big money to keep everybody silent. While that may be true, it is but one theory. And a good one.

    In this case, however, confidentiality of a small settlement would help Kaep as well as the lawyer does not get egg on his face and Kaep can still talk of injustice. If Kaep lost and he did not prove collusion, what would that do to him?

  25. When a martyr sells out he stops being a martyr right?
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    He clearly had no case but had the ability to leak embarrassing information about individuals. He was never a martyr, all he had to do was continue his lawsuit. I guess Geragos wanted to get paid, too.

  26. too bad
    I would have loved to see the owners in court
    billionaires treating people like crap
    its over – finally
    but I would have loved to see guy’s like Jerry Jones be cross examined
    would have been way better than hard knocks
    as far as Kap and Reid go, CONGRATULATIONS
    there would have been no settlement unless you had a great case

  27. So can Tebow now file one because teams maybe thought he was to religious. Kaepernick never wanted to play football again. If he did he would of took whatever offer was out there to play

  28. omeimontis says:
    February 15, 2019 at 3:23 pm
    The city of Oakland has also filed a lawsuit against the NFL because the Raiders are moving. If Oakland has access to the emails and testimony in the Kap and Eric Reid case, that could help them prove that the owners are capable of colluding, and a jury may be more likely to believe that they also colluded in approving the Raiders move to Vegas.
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    Colluded? There wasn’t anything secret about it. Regardless of Goodell’s blustering to the contrary, the NFL wants a team in Vegas. They probably didn’t want a lousy team like the Raiders there, but they’ll take they can get.

  29. The problem with backing down is that it sets a precedence and welcomes others to try their hand at intimidating or fleecing you. As the old adage goes, though, to each his/her own.

  30. “When he quit the 49ers he left millions and millions on the table and walked away because he and his agent knew he’d get a better offer. It didn’t happen and now we have this nonsense.”

    The 49ers had told him he was going to be cut so no, he didn’t leave a single dime on the table, much less “millions and millions”

  31. omeimontis says:
    February 15, 2019 at 3:26 pm
    The settlement really chaps the hides of the collusion deniers and Kap haters.

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    How so…..did a team give him a contract?

  32. jvw1982 says:
    February 15, 2019 at 4:01 pm
    Kaep just continues to win…lol all you fools who lied about the reasons he was out of the league still cant man up and say he was right…Kaep is laughing all the way to the bank with his millions…
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    You clearly don`t understand how settlements work. Your making assumptions without anyway of knowing if there true. It`s 50/50 he walked away with as much as he had on his last contract. If he knew could`ve won his case he wouldn`t have settled because winning his case would`ve gotten him REALLY paid and made him famous. Did he hold out for change and the chance to make a real difference or did he sell out for his payday? Keep worshiping a fraud if you want. LOL

  33. Nike made him a wealthy man , he had no reason not to see this through if the idea was to expose the NFL and oppression so it never happened again ….the real reason is now exposed, he can’t make anything right now , not that anything was wrong …..another guy who was after cash and now will shut up and cash his check ….He crossed the pickett line persay he is a scab and always was .

  34. I hope Kaepernick got paid big time.The NFL and Trump screwed him over bigly as 45 would say.The NFL got caught up in bullcrap hyperbole by an illegitimate President who cannot tell the truth.Shame on the NFL and the USA.

  35. fmiaakammqbpft says:
    February 15, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    The fact they settled here is virtually proof of collusion.

    omeimontis says:
    February 15, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    The settlement really chaps the hides of the collusion deniers and Kap haters.
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    All the settlement proves is Kaepernick sold out on ‘standing for something’ and the NFL was not going to put itself in the position of having Jerry Jones or Junkie Jimmy Irsay on a witness stand being questioned.

  36. What the armchair owners in this comment section don’t understand is that the NFL settling then that means that Kaep’s team had some jarring evidence that would of been a PR nightmare. The NFL is worth billions and has an army of lawyers, they can fight this until the money dries up. The legal team works for Goodell who works for the owners. The fact that they chose not to even go to court and went for a settlement that has a NDAis substantial proof that there was something there. We’re not talking about millionaires they just want their lives to be in private, we’re talking about billion dollar corporation with primarily billion dollar owners.

    Saying that you would fight it, and that this sets a bad precedent, is the reason why you’re not in their position in or commenting on PFT because you’d hurt the NFL/your franchise more than his kneeling ever could. Because as I’ve said, the fact that this option was even on the table means that there was baaaaad stuff that Kap’s team had

  37. “So he supposedly got 60-80mm$ ?
    Kap pays tax on whole thing….even before Geragos gets his piece.
    Roughly 40-45% between Fed and State (he resides in California ….no joke with taxes).
    So before Geragos sees a dime Kap has 35-50mm left.
    Geragos then gets 20-27mm$ ….he still entitled to 1/3 of the total settlement pre-tax.
    End result he takes in somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-25mm$…… or one season of work as a starting QB.”

    The money Kaepernick (and Reid) got is 100% tax-free. Do a little research on settlements.

  38. Collusion argument had zero merit but I’m sure the discovery process would’ve uncovered some other embarrassing hidden gems on PSI, CTE or gate-reciept fraud, racist comments – or more likely another scandal in the making. The shield protects a lot of corrupt guys from any integrity.

  39. You can’t spin your way out of this. THEY WON!. And all of you people said they didn’t have a case. The NFL tucked it’s tail in and ran rather than be exposed!

  40. I seriously doubt they found any collusion in those emails and texts. You cant find whats not there. But Im sure there was plenty of other mud in them and that has now been successfully used as blackmail. The NFL has gotten themselves into this position where their need to keep their underhanded dealings under the table is so great that they have to publicly pay blackmail money even though they had the obvious win if they simply called them on it and let the chips fapp as they may.

  41. The point is take the NFL to court over anything. If they are forced to give personal information you will get money.

  42. So, now if I’m any player who gets cut from or leaves a team, I should immediately make a comment that about a hot button social issue, and then claim collusion by the owners when nobody picks me up.

    There it is, the blueprint for a payday.

  43. The evidence against the NFL must have been terrible. And paid Kap a lot to keep it all quiet. Kudos to Kap for taking a strong shot against the plantation.

  44. The NFL was willing to take Brady all the way to the Supreme Court over “deflated ” balls. They hardly ever settle. Even when they’re wrong they don’t settle. Yet they settled before this case even reached arbitration???

    They paid Kap a kings ransom. You all can lie to your self all day but the NFL doesn’t settle. Yet they did here.

  45. Disliking comments won’t change the fact that the NFL was going to get crushed in court if it had gone to arbitration. The disclosure phase wasn’t even over yet and the NFL chose to settle? That’s something you do when you absolutely know you are going to lose the lawsuit. But hey, keep acting like there wasn’t collusion if it helps you sleep at night.

  46. Nobody is connecting the timing of this setllement to the NFL having to scrape for acts to play SB halftime? The lack of interest was specifically linked to Kap. You don’t think that shook the league office up just a little bit, when Maroon 5 was the best they could get? Hedge fund guys get biggger acts to play their birthday parties.

  47. Now, Tim Tebow definitely has grounds to sue the NFL…discrimination because of his religious beliefs resulting in collusion of NFL owners to not allow him to play in the league.

  48. No collusion here…right!

    He generated little to no interest in the league, despite leading the 49ers to the playoffs twice in six seasons, throwing 72 touchdown passes and just 30 interceptions, and running for 2,300 yards in his career.

  49. Perhaps the NFL paid nothing and agreed not to go after these clowns for attorneys fees in exchange for them to drop their case.

    It is far from certain either of them received anything at all.

  50. Kaepernick couldn’t play for the AAF while this was still being ligitgated. My guess is that he had to ask for 20 mil because that was what the NFL was offering.

    CFL would be interesting with his skillset.

  51. you put your hand in the toilet bowl for a diamond,you don`t put your hand in the toilet bowl to retrieve a turd.

    if he had more talent in a pro style offense. he would never have gone away.

  52. Hehehehe. You fools assume that CK got money. It’s just as likely, more than likely, that CK realized that he had no chance and a settlement with a NDA saved him some face.

  53. Kaepernick: You got ”shut-up” money, so shut up and go away.
    Settling on this shrouded in so much secrecy should cost Roger Goodell his job. On behalf of the league, he lost.

  54. Kaepernick didn’t get paid jack. He and his celebrity lawyer would have shouted it from the rooftops.

  55. In the 2012 and 2013 seasons Kaep was unstoppable. No team could cover him. Not even Seattle, who eventually beat the 9er’s in the NFC Cship game, could stop Kaep. Had Harbow not passed the ball 4 straight times, to the same lame WR Crabtree from the 5 yd line, and the following year in the NFC Cship game Harbow, again with over a minute on the game clock thrown a 30 yard pass to Crabtree, AGAIN, this time intercepted by Sherman, Kaep could very well be a 2 time SB champion. For in that 2013 NFC Cship game Kaep had Seattle’s number. If 9er’s hand off to gore or throw to their TE wide open, it’s likely Seattle is defeated. Still, today’s win against the NFL, and their admission of collusion is SWEET!

  56. In the 2012 and 2013 seasons Kaep was unstoppable. No team could cover him. Not even Seattle, who eventually beat the 9er’s in the NFC Cship game, could stop Kaep. Had Harbow not passed the ball 4 straight times, to the same lame WR Crabtree from the 5 yd line, and the following year in the NFC Cship game Harbow, again with over a minute on the game clock thrown a 30 yard pass to Crabtree, AGAIN, this time intercepted by Sherman, Kaep could very well be a 2 time SB champion. For in that 2013 NFC Cship game Kaep had Seattle’s number. If 9er’s hand off to gore or throw to their TE wide open, it’s likely Seattle is defeated. Still, today’s win against the NFL, and their admission of collusion is SWEET!

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    Which the proves the point that he was not an effective passer.

  57. Wake up people they had the NFL bent over. The only option was to call no joy and settle. The league had no options and it was better to avoid having to admit or deny collusion. They protected the shield but we all know the real deal!!

    The rumor is about 70 million to be quiet.

  58. I am so happy Kap and Reid prevailed and are financially rewarded for their courage. Of course the majority of the population in the USA could never understand their convictions; so they continue to distort the story, be angry and assume… like the demand for 20 million from the AAF – show us the contract officer please or otherwise quit jumping on every false narrative. As a black man, a former military, and a current cop, I have always been with Kap! Today is a good day.

  59. This was likely 9 figure payout. All you arm-chair legal experts have never dealt with anything close to this – probably just gone to court with the intention of fighting a speeding ticket, although the first thing out of your mouth is the admission of guilt (and the judge gives you a reduced fine because they feel sorry for you).

    That isn’t how it works in high-profile settlements. If Kaep didn’t have a case, the NFL/Owners would be singing loudly from a mountain-top that the league was squeaky clean. Anyone who has watched a game in the last 5 months can tell you that isn’t true. The NFL is as corrupt and dirty as #45.

  60. He’s donated more than $1.1 million, nearly 10 percent of the last salary he drew as a starting NFL quarterback, to social justice organizations dedicated to combating police brutality, mass incarceration, child hunger and homelessness. What have you done to make the country better?

  61. chickensalad43 says:
    February 15, 2019 at 3:15 pm
    This guy wore pig socks.

    YES! YES! Protest those that die for your rights. Soldiers, Policemen and women. Please, Please… let Kaperneck’s 15 minutes of fame and throwing at receivers’ feet be OVER.

  62. footballpat says:
    February 15, 2019 at 8:16 pm
    He’s donated more than $1.1 million, nearly 10 percent of the last salary he drew as a starting NFL quarterback, to social justice organizations dedicated to combating police brutality, mass incarceration, child hunger and homelessness. What have you done to make the country better?

    Geez, let me think. I did not protest those that die or risk their lives so I can wear pig socks.

    footballpat – you need reality.

  63. dcviking says:
    February 15, 2019 at 5:27 pm
    So, now if I’m any player who gets cut from or leaves a team, I should immediately make a comment that about a hot button social issue, and then claim collusion by the owners when nobody picks me up.

    There it is, the blueprint for a payday.

    AMEN.

  64. Anyone yapping about a winner or loser in this is just talking for the sake of talking because nobody knows what went down between the three parties. Heck, the NFL might have just wrote a check to make it just go away this time admitting doing nothing wrong just to make sure garbage like this doesn’t happen again. I.E. if a player pulls crap like this in the future they will be cut, have their contract not renewed, and there will be no collusion because nobody says anything, the GM’s can look at this situation and just know what to do. Good job Collin and Eric by getting what you want because you just f’d over future players who might of had legitimate issues with the league. Congrats!

  65. Somewhere Curt Flood and Muhammad Ali are smiling.
    All those two got were a blackballing and jail time.
    I guess the arc of justice does bend towards morality, albeit slowly.

  66. The Giants Owner admitted collusion on TV during the Redskins/Cowboys salary cap controversy. John Mara said the owners all agreed not to spend over a certain amount in the uncapped year. The only reason the NFL didn’t get nailed to the wall was Demaurice Smith’s incompetence. He and the NFLPA signed an agreement to increase the salary cap by 7 million. A provision in that agreement prevented the NFLPA from suing the NFL for collusion.

  67. goodell choked up $80 million of league money rather than turn over his phone and text conversations with family, friends and co-conspirators, yet he suspended brady for not turning over his personal property to which he and the league had absolutely no right. only mistake brady made was not very publicly telling him hell no from the get go unless it was reciprocal.

    goodell is an absolute clown who has mismanaged every significant issue of his tenure.

  68. I like how everyone keeps saying that Kaepernick sold out, when all he did was prove that he was blackballed by the NFL. His name will continue come up, even more in the NFL, commercials, and sports media, now that his platform has been solidified. The NFL put out one fire, but a lot of smoke hangs over the owners and the league.

  69. Whether you like Kaepernick and his beliefs/actions or don’t, it’s pretty clear that the NFL needed some dirt swept under the rug. When the “silent majority” is supposedly on your side in not letting him play, you don’t just drop $60-80M just because you’re tired of hearing about it.

  70. Just going to point out some general legal information concerning litigation:
    1. Litigation can be a very expensive process because there is no set time frame. A case could last 10 years or it could last 2 months. The one thing that is always true is lawyers get paid handsomely.
    A. Preparing a case. Both the NFL Lawyers and Geragos get paid to prepare their case to present before a judge. If a Judge deems a case to have sufficient merit to proceed (it is a weak standard) then the case will move forward. Kaepernick’s case was not dismissed and so legal fees will quickly pile up.
    B. Discovery Process (very broad)
    Geragos has the right to request anything that he feels could help proof his client’s case. NFL Lawyers must persuade Judge that requested materials are not relevant to case. This phase lasted over ONE year. During which the lawyers were paid handsomely.
    C. Settlement (Pre-Trial negotiations)
    The legal counsel come together and offer a deal. Both sides want the case dismissed at this point. A fortune has already been paid to the lawyers. For the NFL: Going to trial will result in even more money being paid to their lawyers. A jury is unpredictable, they may side with Kaepernick and demand an absurd figure in retribution.
    Geragos claims that Kaepernick was interested in “lost wages”. This is a legal concept and means that Kaepernick was wrongfully denied of wages that he should have earned. Potential contracts are pure speculation or hearsay. Thus, he would have based settlement amounts on 49ers contract. This contract stipulated that Kaepernick was entitled to $126 million of which only $39 million was ever paid. Geragos demanded at a minimum that NFL grant his client the remaining balance of this contract that was unfairly terminated.

  71. If this settlement were sizable and out of the NFL fearing the process going forward, there is simply no way Kaepernick and Reid would have agreed to confidentiality.

    They simply realized they had no case (particularly after the bombshell that Kaep asked the AAF for $20 million to even consider it), and took a relative pittance that the NFL offered to allow them to keep their dignity.

    That’s the only theory that makes sense to those not blinded by political narrative. Kaep clearly has no interest in playing football again unless he gets money that his talent doesn’t merit at this point. And no one wants a backup who is a horrible scheme mismatch to what they do (the case with the majority of teams) and who is a huge PR debacle.

    Again, you can’t blame racism for Kaepernick losing his starting job to Blaine Gabbert before he began protesting.

  72. colt13 says:
    February 15, 2019 at 6:31 pm
    Kaepernick couldn’t play for the AAF while this was still being ligitgated.
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    Don’t let facts get in the way of making your point. The AAF is outside the scope of his grievance under Article 17 of the CBA. A collusion grievance under Article 17 concerns labor and contract issues in the NFL, not those in other leagues. NFL collusion refers to at least two NFL teams, or the league and at least one team, conspiring to deprive a player of a collectively bargained right.

  73. So,after all the holier than though bs, Kaep shows his true colors and takes money under the table. Biggest fraud in the history of the modern era. Setting back race relations while collecting millions. Well, I guess Nike still likes him.

  74. I’m looking forward to more players on the way out all of a sudden becoming woke. It all started with Johnathan Martin, who saved himself from losing millions by scamming a teammate with the help of his labor law attorney Mom.

  75. denverscott says:
    February 15, 2019 at 6:40 pm
    Hehehehe. You fools assume that CK got money. It’s just as likely, more than likely, that CK realized that he had no chance and a settlement with a NDA saved him some face.

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    I think he got money, a lot. But I think it was blackmail money gained from the emails and texts they had subpoenaed. If you consider just how many times you have seen surreal statements from the NFL making it obvious they were doing yet another coverup then you know just how much dirt Geragos was sitting on after discovery rules allowed him to subpoena all those materials. This was the plan all along and thats why they targeted the keague itself with this suit and not the teams (which are seperate independent businesses) that were the actual parties that had declined to hire him.

  76. So because he accepted a legal settlement…his cause is bogus?
    You guys are morons.
    You would do the same if you were in his shoes.
    But you arent, so the haters gotta hate

  77. The NFL works like the mob. For years they weren’t paying taxes, bully whoever they want, they make decisions and never ask for permission. Some owners get caught with a briefcase full of pills, some owners get caught kissing and touching young women but they are untouchable so nothing ever happens.

    So they’ve settled with Kaep and I’m supposed to believe that Kaep didn’t just break the bank. All the owners are BILLIONAIRES. Kaep walked away with a fortune. Kaep broke the nfl. Next stop is to work on these law breaking cops.

  78. the NFL owners have been colluding for at least 75 years, first keeping salaries artificially low, then in the 60s limiting the number of black players allowed on the field at any one time and what positions they could play, preventing or trying to prevent some players from playing in the league because they married white women (Cookie Gilchrist, Lionel Aldridge), forcing players to play for the teams that drafted them their entire career, gambling on their own teams while suspending players doing it (Karras, Hornung, Namath), threatening players who rebel (Jim Brown) with transfers to weak teams (Lions, Browns, Cardinals, Steelers, Eagles, and more;

    no doubt all that would’ve come out like the drug trafficking that allowed in locker rooms by the owners since the 1960s (read Dave Megessey’s ‘Out of My League’, ‘It’s Just A Bruise’, ‘Going Long’, among others);

    the NFL knew drawing out this litigation til the plaintiffs ran out of money was their only hope to contain this latest crisis—a common practise by big business when faced with class or single plaintiff actions;

    lambast Kap and Reid for ‘selling out’, but the fact is few players came to their support in the way the stars of the day did for Jim Brown, and no one listens to a broke or homeless activist who may not be charismatic and articulate as Ali was;

    it cost Ali the prime of his career and he still had to hold his breath when his case reached a remarkably progressive Supreme Court;

    what chance would Kap and Reid have had with the current reactionary right-dominated Supreme Court?

    no, they were right to settle;

    next time the NFL might not be so lucky;

  79. So you had a chance to stand up and of course you took a knee.. Of course. For pennies on the dollar to an industry that made 8 Billion in 2017.You cannot even talk about “how you won”.

  80. skawh says:
    February 15, 2019 at 6:24 pm
    They’re known as “pigs” for a reason. Good on Kaep for standing up for free speech and to the NFL!

    I hope that one day you come to grips with your bigotry. Sure there are bad cops. Just like there are bad people but that’s not a reason to condemn all blacks for the actions of a few. My mother always told me to clean up my yard before commenting on the neighbors. Guess we had different moms.

  81. Kaepernick never had a case. But that didn’t stop this story from interrupting actual football. That’s why the NFL paid Kaepernick to go away. A) They can afford to and B) they can close the book on Kaepernick forever. I was always pretty sure the owners would never collude against someone that they thought might make their team better, but I’m also pretty sure they will be colluding against Kaepernick now to make sure he never wears an NFL uniform again. We now know exactly who Kaepernick is.

  82. Ppl saying he got 60 to 80 million, lol no ppl he did not, his team called for the settlement!! He got maybe 10-15 at the most.

  83. So who will actually pay for the settlement? The NFL (where will that money come from?) or an “assessment to individual clubs who are alleged colluders?

  84. franklinstking says:
    February 15, 2019 at 9:37 pm
    I like how everyone keeps saying that Kaepernick sold out, when all he did was prove that he was blackballed by the NFL.

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    But he didnt prove it. He accepted money in lieu of continuing to try to prove it. That is sort of what selling out is.

  85. majicskillz – That was possibly the most inaccurate description of the way litigation proceeds ever published. You’re so uninformed that you don’t even know that no judge or jury is involved in this case. It is an arbitration, decided by an arbitrator. The parties never were, and never would have been, in a courtroom.

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