On Sunday, After remaining unsigned for more than 7 months, the quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed grievance against NFL owners over collusion under the collective bargaining agreement, according to Bleacher Report‘s Mike Freeman.
Mark Geragos, the lawyer of Kaepernick, said that “We can confirm that this morning we filed a grievance under the CBA on behalf of Colin Kaepernick. This was done only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives,”.
As per the Geragos’s statement, “If the NFL (as well as all professional sports teams) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful 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,”.
“Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation. Protecting all athletes from such collusive conduct is what compelled Mr Kaepernick to file his grievance. Colin Kaepernick’s goal has always been, and remains, to simply be treated fairly by the league he performed at the highest level for and to return to the football playing field.”
After the Kaepernick’s grievance news broke, the NFL Players Association issued a statement reading,“Our union has a duty to assist Mr. Kaepernick as we do all players and we will support him. The NFLPA has been in regular contact with Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives for the past year about his options and our union agreed to follow the direction of his advisers throughout that time.”
However the CBA states, “No club, it’s employees or agents shall enter into any agreement, express or implied, with the NFL or any other Club, its employees or agents to restrict or limit individual club decision-making.”