Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance, Says NFL Owners ‘Punished’ Him for Protesting

NEW YORK — Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the National Football League in which he claims team owners colluded to keep him from being signed.

The grievance was filed on Sunday under the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to a statement from Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s attorney. Geragos is also a CNN contributor.

The statement said the grievance was filed “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”

Kaepernick, who is still a free agent, first took a knee during the singing of the National Anthem before a 2016 preseason game. He kneeled to protest the treatment of black Americans, particularly by police.

The protest was seen by some as disrespecting the flag. Kaepernick has yet to be picked up by another team since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March.

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The statement also says athletes who protest peacefully “should not be punished” and denied employment because of “partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government.”

The statement referenced comments made by President Trump, who criticized the NFL and attacked athletes who kneel during the national anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired,'” Trump said at a campaign-style rally in September.

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The statement from Geragos on Sunday also seemed to take aim at NFL owners, who promoted a message of unity after Trump’s attack by locking arms with players during the anthem.

The statement said the owners “made great theater imitating” peaceful political protest by doing so.

The NFL Players’ Association is not representing Kaepernick in this grievance. However, the association said it will be speaking with his team and will support him in his efforts.


  • III%

    He’s a piece of s__t if it’s so tough for him here in the US of A there are ships and planes leaving for Africa every day

  • look in the miror

    Colin is a national hero — if only as he has illuminated racism in this country and forced folks like the hypocrites below (who stuff pierogis, kielbasas washed down by cheap beer during the anthem) to come out of their rat holes and show their true ugly faces that spew the racist venom that divides and makes this country weak. Right on to Colin and the others! They are quietly on one knee to make a silent point about police brutality. If you want to see REAL disrespect for our flag and the military, watch the video of our Moron-in-Chief, jabbering away with Hannity during the solemn flag retreat ceremony, worse yet thinking the ceremony was in His-Holy-Trumpness’ honor. And there are still people that listen to a word this man-child says?

  • warningfakenews

    In all likelihood the national anthem was added to games to please the crowd by the owners of the sports teams. If the owners are OK with what is essentially the equivalent of the players giving the finger to the fans and mocking their love of country, they will not be owners very long.

    Sure, it’s within the owners rights to make decisions like this, even if the decision they make is a really stupid one. It’s also the fans’ rights to cease patronizing their business. That’s what’s happening now.

    • JessicaInWilliamsport

      The boycott isn’t going to achieve anything, for several reasons. First, not enough people are going to follow through with it, people like their football more than their fake outrage. Secondly, it’s not going to hurt anyone’s pocketbook since all the advertising contracts are already set for the next several years (beyond 2020 I think). Finally, even those who do boycott will likely end up watching again before the season is out.

      • sick of fake news

        Uh, the boycott must have been pretty d@mn effective since the NFL convened a meeting about it and Goodell just announced that all players should stand for the national anthem. As far as advertising contracts, there are stipulations regarding ratings. If the advertisers don’t get what they were promised ratings wise, they’ll be able to get a lower rate or they’ll pull their advertising. Also, plenty of sponsors pull advertising contracts notwithstanding.It’s done all the time. You have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • Sam I Am Green Eggs & Ham

    What a douche bag you have become Colin Kaepernick will be laughed out of court….The NFL is a business Colin nothing more nothing less, when we the people go to a game or watch it on Tv, we do not want to see your disrespect for the flag and the Anthem….The owners have the right to set policy when you are on their time…you want to protest do it on your own time out side and off stadium property, while you are not wearing SF gear….
    You have to show that all 16 team owners colluded against you, at once, guess what Colin it’s impossible..won’t find it…
    Now shut up and go away…….NFL attendance is way down and tv rating also, NFL players keep it up, and you will be out of jobs..

    • JessicaInWilliamsport

      He wont’ get laughed out of anywhere, the grievance will proceed through the proper channels. He’s a member of a Union, and will have his grievance heard. I hope he wins, and wins $$$$ so he can do some more good with it :-)

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Well, I read the 1st 2 paragraphs.

    Mr Bigshot didn’t get signed!!!!

    Haha, GOOD!! EFF HIM!!

    Entitlement mentality all the way from the top to the bottom.

  • Lance

    There is no law that says that you have to be hired. This idiot opted out of his contract. So he can suck rope because he was a so so player and a pariah to the fans. Take a knee at home loser. No one wants you!

  • Robert

    oh so sad, the little boy don’t get his way. Quick mommy put a band aide on little Colin’s Bo0 BoO give him some milk and cookies then tuck him in for the night. Tomorrow will be a better day, maybe? Better stalk up on them cookies. LOL

  • JessicaInWilliamsport

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see how this shakes out! I have a feeling that anti-first amendment crowd is going to be disappointed.

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