Colin Kaepernick's attorney predicts that he will be signed in the next 10 days. Since Kaps protested he has remained unsigned, with a few teams showing some interest in him, but not following thought with the contracts. Mark Geragos tells us that "I think somebody's gonna sign him," "I think the NFL has to come to their senses, and realize every day that goes by just proves the collusion case even more." Colin has been jobless since his contract ended with the 49ers in 2016. A few other players including Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, Eagles corner Malcolm Jenkins and 49ers safety Eric Reid will continuing protesting this season. Kaepernick has stated, if signed, that he will not continue his protest this season.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick files report accusing NFL teams of keeping him out of the NFL. He is still unsigned, since he first protested in 2016 and his contract with the 49ers ended. The law firm said "If the NFL . . . is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful political protest - which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago - should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government. . . . Protecting all athletes from such collusive conduct is what compelled Mr. Kaepernick to file his grievance." Teams can not conspire together to make decisions about a signing a player. The case against Kaepernick can not be proved unless they have solid evidence against the conspiracy against him. Multiple teams including the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens considered signing Colin after he dropped his contract with the 49ers in 2016. NFL commissioner, Roger Goodall says " "Each team makes individual decisions on how they can improve their team, if they see an opportunity to improve their team, they do it. They evaluate players. They evaluate systems and coaches. They all make those individual decisions to try and improve their team." There is no evidence to support that Colin Kaepernick has been denied opportunities to sign contracts for an NFL team, based on his political views, ideas, and protest.
49ers owner Jed York said that after speaking to Kaepernick about the issues involved with him that he "came to support Kaepernick and remains supportive now of 49ers players who choose to kneel during the anthem in protest." He believes Kaperkick took a knee with no intentions of disrespecting the flag or national anthem. York says " it started with us, the 49ers, but in truth it started with Colin. York really respects and finds what Kap did and is still doing very courageous and credits him. Jed says "we've been protesting but now comes the progress." Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned after declining his new contract with the 49ers. Owner Jed York says and believes Kaepernicks political views and and protest do not contribute to his playing time and signing with other teams in the NFL.
NFL quarterback Colin Kapernick was invited to attend the NFL owners meeting. We don't know if Kap will attend or choose not to, but would the NFL commissioners really listen? Author Earl Ofari Hutchinson tells us that commissioner Roger Goodall has met with some of the more outspoken NFL players about their concerns about combatting police abuse, mass incarceration, and racial injustices. These are the very things that Kap sat, took the knee, tweeted about, spent his own money on, and ultimately got kicked out of the League for addressing. If Kaepernick did have a say, he would for sure talk about these causes and press for time energy, money, and time spent on mentoring young at risk kids. There are 2 large issues with this occurrence. One is that no fans want this. Play football, don't bring politics into the game. When these players do protest during the anthem the crowd roars with booing. Also, other black payers want the NFL to act as a social change agent. But fans know it- these payers are paid big bucks to play football. That is there job. Just play the game.
Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem as a protest of standing up to gun violence and black lives. Many others joined in the fight, and protest by raising a fist or taking a knee during the anthem. These players who've stood up for what they believed have receive death threats, lost sponsors, threatened suspension by team owners, and been mocked by sports-media tv talk show host. Are the protest getting them anywhere, or only causing them issues? Roger Goodall, commissioner of the NFL, held a meeting with a select number of team owners. At the meeting Goodall made no move requiring all players to line up helmet in hand, hand over heart, for the national anthem. Much to the dismay of president Donald Trumps idea of "Force players to stand for the national anthem." For these players, this is a victory. It's what's promised in their collective bargain agreements and their first amendment rights. Since Kaepernicks protest, its provoked many movements. Dave Zirin spoke with a Seattle teacher, Jesse Hogopian, who has been working with Micheal Bennet and this movement- athletes for impact. Bennet said " When Colin Kaepernick began his protest against racial injustice and police brutality, it launched a new phase of the movement for black lives. This movement has found an organizational expression in Athletes for Impact that has begun organizing athletes—women and men, LGBTQ, youth, and others—from many different sports in an effort to utilize the platform of professional athletes to support movements for social justice.” There is now about half dozen players protesting. Goodall says " We're trying to shut this down and find a solution, we need to bring back and restore the image of the NFL. These players will not back down and stop the protesting. There's nothing for these players to lose now, they've come this far.
Ben Marigott tells us about a few dozen University of Nevada students and community members took a knee in honor of Colin Kaepernicks protest during the national anthem. This movement caught on, with more players continuing to do so protesting during the national anthem. This caused a national conversation and a series of tweets from president Donald Trump. Precious Gbenjo, who is president of UNR's Black Student Organization, says "A lot of people like to change it to say that it's disrespect to the veterans, disrespect to those who fought for our freedom, disrespect to the flag, but that is not at all what Colin Kapernick is protesting, he is protesting police brutality."