The Daily Caller reports that Colin Kaepernick is expected to name President Donald Trump as the reason for his unemployment. In particular, he blames the harsh anti-protest remarks coming from Trump as the ultimate cause of his ruined career.
Kaepernick intends to file an official grievance against NFL ownership alleging a concerted effort by the 32 teams to expel him from the league. And in his grievance, he intends to cite Trump's public call for owners to fire players who refuse to stand during the national anthem as a central factor in the owner's decision to expel Kaepernick from the field.
The former quarterback of the 49ers has been unsigned since March, far before President Trump made his remarks about firing players who refuse to stand during the anthem. Kaepernick believes that President Trump created a negative environment in which NFL owners felt compelled, against their will, to avoid public ire by refusing to sign him back.
The legal team must therefore demonstrate that team owners communicated about restricting Kaepernick's opportunities out of deference to Trump.
His legal team will rely on Trump's tweets to demonstrate their point. The Daily Caller provides the following tweet that will be used.
The former quarterback will not be going through the NFL Players Association, but will rather hire attorney Mark Geragos, the man who represented several high-profile clients, ranging from singer Michael Jackson to NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield.
"Athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government," Geragos said, according to Bleacher Report.
The filing will demand an arbitration hearing for the conflict, and claims that NFL owners have colluded to deprive Kaepernick of employment. Furthermore, Kaepernick claims that he was fired not for any justifiable reason, but for bringing awareness to institutions still undermining racial equality in the US.
The NFL has been criticized for national anthem protests since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during a 2016 preseason game. Kaepernick claimed he was protesting racial injustice and police brutality. Trump has long been upset about the NFL protests, believing that they are disrespectful to both the flag and the troops.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodwell sent a letter to NFL owners on October 10 in which he pointed out the divisive effect of the protests. He then encouraged players to stand, rather than "take a knee," during the national anthem them before games.
“The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country,” Goodell wrote, according to the Daily Caller. “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem.”
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