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Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL Owners for Collusion to Keep Him Out the League
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After being ousted by the NFL for kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of civil rights for people of color, former San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick has officially filed a grievance against owners of the league.
According to ABC News, instead of filing his suit through the NFL Players Association, the free agent has hired Mark and Ben Geragos of Geragos & Geragos to represent his interests. The legal team is known for their roster of high-profile clients including Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, and Winona Ryder.
Kaepernick’s grievance states that NFL owners have “colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick's leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice."
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Geragos & Geragos released an exclusive statement to ABC News, explaining that their client’s decision to go forward with a grievance came “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams ant their executives.”
While the NFL Players Association did not immediately respond for comment, they ultimately released a statement saying they’ve been in contact with the former 49er about his playing options, and had no idea that he was moving to file a grievance until he did so over the weekend.
"Our union has a duty to assist Mr. Kaepernick as we do all players and we will support him."