It's clear that free-agent Colin Kaepernick has finally had enough of the run around from NFL Owners. The proof is in the paperwork.
Kaepernick hired high profile attorney Mark Geragos to handle the case. The filing demands an arbitration hearing on the matter, and says the NFL and its owners "have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick's leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States."
Basically, Kaepernick is calling them out for what we all already could see. Essentially, they're blackballing him. However, what they won't be doing is getting away with it.
Kaepernick's attorney sent a copy of the complaint to the NFLPA, as well as the NFL and all 32 teams. He also issued a statement via Twitter.
"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," the statement reads. "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.
Statement from Mark Geragos, counsel for Colin Kaepernick. pic.twitter.com/Z7rWpuwb2g— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 15, 2017
"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," Geragos continued.
Kaepernick has not been with an NFL team since severing his contract with the 49ers in March, but his desire to play the game of football has never left. While Kaepernick said he has remained quiet about his desire to play to avoid causing a distraction, his agent has reportedly reached out to all 32 teams to note his availability. Kaepernick said he was looking for an opportunity to play and wanted to be judged as a football player.
With all the underqualified players taking center this season while Kaepernick is unemployed, the lie that Kaepernick isn't one of the best men for the job is getting harder and harder to maintain.
In the wake of comments that Donald Trump made last month, many players and owners have chosen to kneel and link arms during the national anthem while Colin Kaepernick is still unemployed.
Kaepernick knows his rights, and we're glad he continues to fight for them in every endeavor.