Colin Kaepernick’s patience has been tested and is finally up. Reports say, he is working with high-profile attorney, Mark Geragos, to file a grievance against NFL for collusion. According to ESPN.com, “Collusion occurs when two or more teams, or the league and at least one team, join to deprive a player of a contractually earned right. Such a right is normally found in the collective bargaining agreement signed by a league and its players’ association. For example, the right of a free-agent player to negotiate a contract with a team cannot be impaired by a conspiracy of teams to deny that player a chance to sign.”
As some know and many refuse to admit, Colin Kaepernick is currently being black balled by the NFL owners for kneeling during the National Anthem. As he has explained before, his kneeling comes as a protest against police brutality and racial injustice that most of white America refuses to amend or even acknowledge. Many people have supported Kaepernick; his jersey sales have increased despite him not being on a roster. Numerous NFL players and athletes across the globe have kneeled, including the Howard University cheerleaders, the Hertha Berlin football club, and many high profile T.V. personalities have publicly supported the player including Shannon Sharpe and J Cole. It’s also important to note that Kaepernick has consistently provided his support in black and brown communities this year, with his motivational speeches, Know Your Rights Camp, and donations up to $800k.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract from San Francisco at the end of last season, expecting to be signed to a team for the 2017 season. In an unsurprising turn of events, no team signed him even with his above average previous year of 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 12 games.
The NFLPA (NFL Players Association) issued a written statement late Sunday regarding Kaepernick’s grievance, “Our union has a duty to assist Mr. Kaepernick as we do all players and we will support him,” the NFLPA’s written statement added, it had been in regular contact with Kaepernick’s representatives over the past year about his options and planned to schedule a call for this week with his advisers.