Colin Kaepernick's Lawyer Accuses President Trump of 'Partisan Political Provocation'

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That's why he has reportedly fired a grievance against the league's owners, claiming that they are colluding to keep him out of the league. The former Niners star will be represented by popular attorney Mark Geragos, who has fought cases for several high-profile clients, including Michael Jackson, musician Chris Brown and NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield.

The 29-year-old was notably the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem at the start of last season as a protest against racial injustice. Back in June Goodell said the following to's Alden Gonzalez: "I believe that if a football team feels that Colin Kaepernick, or any other player, is going to improve that team, they're going to do it".

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports also reported the quarterback's plan to file a grievance.

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"If the NFL (as well as all professional sports leagues) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful political protest - which the owners themselves made great theatre 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".

The complaint calls Trump "an organizing force in the collusion among team owners in their conduct towards" Kaepernick, and claims National Football League owners have described Trump's administration as "causing paradigm shifts in their views toward National Football League players".

In 2016 Kaepernick stopped standing during the anthem to protest the oppression of people of color, and a handful of other athletes began to do the same. We know that if it occurred, it must have been within the last 90 days, as under Article 17 of the CBA a player has that long to file a grievance. It had mostly subsided when President Donald Trump told a rally in Alabama last month that owners should get rid of players who kneel during the anthem. Not signing such a disruptive, toxic player is a no brainer and owners didn't have to conspire to realize individually the damage that would be done to their brand if Kaepernick was on their team.