NFL Owners Will Be Deposed, Asked to Turn Over Cellphone Records and Emails in Colin Kaepernick Coll
Colin Kaepernick, No. 7, then of the San Francisco 49ers, and teammate Eric Reid, No. 35, kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to their NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2016. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Well, well, well. Things just got deliciously messy over at the NFL. It seems that if there was ever anything lurking in the dark underbelly of the organization (and I know we all believe that there is; it’s just a matter of details at this point), it will soon be exposed. According to news reports, multiple NFL owners will be deposed in relation to Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL.
According to ESPN, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, the Seattle Seahawks’ Paul Allen and the San Francisco 49ers’ Jed York are among those who will be deposed and asked to turn over all cellphone records and emails in the case.
The sports site notes that, per an ABC News report, the team owners were chosen for depositions based on their public statements regarding Kaepernick and/or the the protests against police brutality and black oppression during the playing of the national anthem at NFL games.
Kaepernick, as is well known at this point, filed a grievance under the collective bargaining agreement, claiming that the NFL and team 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.”
Kaepernick has remained an unsigned agent since March, despite his talent.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has said that the grievance was essentially a last resort after exploring “every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives,” ESPN notes.
Regardless, it looks as if it’s about to be a huge showdown, and one can only imagine what will end up being aired from those cellphone records and emails.