Kaepernick workout wasn’t part of his collusion settlement

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As many try to understand why the league would suddenly and abruptly schedule a Colin Kaepernick dog-and-pony show, some have asked whether the workout flows from the terms mandated by the agreement that settled Kaepernick’s collusion grievance against the league and its teams. It did not.

Per a source with knowledge of the transaction, the settlement document between Kaepernick and the NFL did not require the league to organize and conduct a league-wide workout.

The circumstances of the workout confirm this reality. If a workout were going to happen by agreement of the league and Kaepernick, it would have happened during the offseason, not in November. Also, the terms of the document would have provided for mutual agreement as to the time and place and other aspects of the workout; it’s now clear that the league set this up, without Kaepernick’s involvement and without regard to his input or preferences.

As previously mentioned, common sense suggests that this workout is less about wrapping up the loose ends of the first lawsuit and more about avoiding a second one. Kaepernick could pursue a new grievance arguing that his ongoing unemployment, post-February 2019, is the result of hard feelings resulting from the fact that he pursued legal rights and forced the league to write him a check to resolve them. And so a chess match has begun, with the league sliding pieces on the board and Kaepernick responding, with the NFL’s potential goal being the creation of the impression that Kaepernick is getting a fair chance at employment without the NFL’s teams actually giving him one.

To those who would say that an employer has every right to shun an employee who has sued it, remember this: Those same rights against retaliation in employment protect you and your friends and family members. If employers could simply reject anyone who pursued legitimate legal rights, who would ever pursue legitimate legal rights?

That’s where this could be heading, and Saturday’s workout could be aimed at undermining rights that currently may fall in the range of strong to quite strong.

14 responses to “Kaepernick workout wasn’t part of his collusion settlement

  1. Remember a few months ago when the NFL announced a deal with Jay-Z?
    Remember the kerfuffle that arose when it was assumed that Jay-Z was selling out his boy Colin?
    I’m just speculating like everyone else, because this is really peculiar, but is it possible that jay-Z persuaded the NFL to throw this bone to Colin? Just something to think about.

  2. How many QBs have missed back-to-back NFL seasons and then come back to play again?

    Kaep was last in the league in 2016. His time away from the game (in the NFL and outside of the NFL) is another factor in whether a team will give him another shot.

    The longer he is out of the game, the longer the odds are that he gets another shot.

  3. Of course an employer has the right to shun an employee who has sued it – that’s a basic principle of a free economy.

    Are you seriously suggesting that an employer should be forced to hire a disgruntled former employee who wasn’t getting the job done anyway?

  4. Maybe they are hoping he’ll show everyone how terrible he is. I wonder if the ability to read a defense will be part of his workout….or taking off and running with the ball if he can’t find the receiver on the field.

  5. Wouldn’t need a special workout if he was in the CFL lighting it up. (But maybe he can’t do that)

    NFL teams would be ringing his phone off the hook.

  6. Man the hate you people of privilege have for this man is insane. I’m a person of color and in the 60s I didn’t stand for the anthem because we were being denied the right to vote, denied service at lunch counters and being sprayed with water hoses. Was I wrong?

    If you are not the victim of discrimination you don’t have the right to tell me (or Kap) how to protest injustice.

  7. Donna Martin Graduates says:
    November 13, 2019 at 4:16 pm
    How many times has the NFL every held a special workout for a single player?
    How many times has the NFL lost a collusion case and then blackballed a player?

  8. No one is entitled to work anywhere. Whatever the reason (be it lack of talent or not worth the headache) employers have a right to not hire anyone they want.

    This is not and never has been an employment issue. It has only been a collusion to lockout issue.

  9. A team has every right to not hire a person that will bring a media circus with him.How much money does Colin think a player that was on the decline before missing a few years is worth?Will Colin stand for anthem?If not how many fans will avoid the NFL.The league has little to gain if he gets signed but it could become very costly to the the owners that have proven they only care about the money

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