Colin Kaepernick seems ready to force his way back into the NFL – and he’s blaming President Donald Trump as the main reason why he hasn’t found a job yet.
CBS News is reporting that Kaepernick is filing a grievance with the NFL, accusing team owners of colluding to keep him out of the league. As part of his argument, he is claiming that Donald Trump created an antagonistic atmosphere that is causing owners to collectively shut him out of the league.
Collusion would be a hard case to prove. Just ask the Democrats and media who have tried to make a collusion case stick against Donald Trump. For his part, Kaepernick would have to prove that NFL owners are secretly plotting with each other in an effort to keep him unemployed. That seems highly unlikely, considering how the NFL itself has been supportive of protesting players. Kaepernick is correct, however, in stating that Trump has help galvanize fan support against the protests and those involved. That is not a crime, however; Kaepernick just underestimated how much influence Trump has, and how little he has himself.
The more likely cause of his unemployment is the fan reaction to the National Anthem protests he inspired, even without Trump’s involvement. His kneeling during the anthem caused outrage long before Donald Trump became President. Without the protests dogging him, he could easily have a job with an NFL team, as many need a quarterback.
The Green Bay Packers, in particular, need an effective quarterback, after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone this past week. But even Bleacher Report is downplaying the idea, as they point out that Wisconsin is Trump country, and fans are already speaking out against the idea. They say it is more likely that Tony Romo, who hails from the area, is more likely to come out of retirement and play than seeing Kaepernick in a Packers uniform.
He remains unemployed, however, because his own actions have made him poison for fans, and owners who realize that have no obligation to hire him and hurt their team’s standing with those fans.
The Daily Caller reports on the Kaepernick situation.
Kaepernick plans to file a grievance against NFL ownership alleging a concerted effort by the 32 team owners to freeze him out of the league. The former 49ers quarterback will cite Trump’s public calls for owners to fire players who refuse to stand for the national anthem as a central motivation in the owners’ decision to keep Kaepernick off the field, a source with knowledge told CBS News.
Kaepernick, unsigned since he became a free agent in March, will argue Trump created a culture in which NFL owners felt compelled to avoid his public ire by refusing to sign Kaepernick, a leader within the players protest movement. His legal team will reportedly rely on a number of Trump’s tweets and public statements in which he seemed to imply some degree of control over the owners’ personnel decisions.
In order to prove collusion, Kaepernick’s legal team must demonstrate that the team owners either expressly communicated about restricting Kaepernick’s opportunities, or that the owners had an “implied” agreement not to sign Kaepernick, likely out of deference to Trump.
The players collective bargaining agreement states: “No Club, its 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 … ”
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