Report: President Trump Might Invite Colin Kaepernick to the White House

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May 04, 2018May 04, 2018

According to Yahoo Sports, President Trump is very excited about a potential series of racial summits with Colin Kaepernick and Kanye West, among other figures. 

President Trump apparently wants to have two racial summits, one for musicians and another for athletes, in order to allow both sides to express their thoughts and opinions. In theory, these summits would help to bridge racial divides in America and, Trump hopes, help to unify the country. 

The summits would take place during the Summer of 2018, sometime between the end of the NBA finals and the beginning of the NFL season. 

It is unclear whether Kaepernick has been invited, although many suspect that he has been or will be. Currently, the former athlete is in the middle of a collusion suit against the NFL that directly involves President Trump, which might prevent him from being able to make an appearance at the White House. The details of the summit will be finalized next week. By that point, it will be clear if Kaepernick will be attending.

Kaepernick filed 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 cited 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 2017, 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. 

The filing demands 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 was criticized for national anthem protests after 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. 

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