It looks like Colin Kaepernick is finally taking legal actions against the NFL for allegedly blackballing him from the league after he started the silent protest of kneeling during the national anthem.
According to USA Today, Kaepernick has filed a grievance against owners of the NFL. He is accusing NFL owners of participating in collusion, meaning he believes they are conspiring to keep him out the NFL. According to TMZ, the court documents read that the league owners “colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice.”
The Collective Bargaining Agreement or CBA actually prohibits this from happening and if he can prove this it would be a huge deal. “No Club, its employees or agents shall enter into any agreement, express or implied, with the NFL or any other Club, its employees or agents to restrict or limit individual Club decision-making,” the CBA states. This applies to “whether to negotiate or not to negotiate with any player” and “whether to offer or not to offer a Player Contract to any player,” among other things.
The NFL commissioner and team owners have denied they are blackballing Keapernick. Reasons they give for him not being signed yet: no team right now needs him. Even though we all know that is NOT true.
Kaeperick’s celebrity attorney Mark Garagos released a statement on Monday morning confirmed the filing.