Colin Kaepernick, who started the NFL kneeling protests in 2016, filed a grievance against NFL owners for colluding with President Trump to keep him out of a job.

The 29-year-old former San Francisco 49ers quarterback filed a grievance under the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

Even though he walked away from a $17 million option in his contract with the 49ers at the end of the 2016 season, Kaepernick claims the league owners are colluding against him because of his “leadership” and racial equality protests.

Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said his client opted out of his contract with the 49ers because he expected to land a bigger contract with another team.

In a statement released Sunday, Geragos said Kaepernick “should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by [President Trump].”

He added that such interference by the Executive Branch of the U.S. government “threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation.”

Geragos said he filed the grievance after reaching out to all 32 teams on behalf of Kaepernick, who finished the year with 16 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions in 12 games.

The 49ers went 2-14 with Kaepernick on or off the bench in 2016.

Ironically Kaepernick’s best chance to play for the NFL this season may come this week after the Green Bay Packers lost their star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a broken collarbone during Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

But when asked about his quarterback situation following the game, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said, “Brett Hundley’s my quarterback. Joe Callahan is the backup.”
 

Photos by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images, Adam Bettcher/Getty Images




  • TOO REAL

    Let’s see the racists lie their way out of this one. CHUMP F’D THIS COUNTRY UP.

  • Pamela
  • Noirluv45

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” People say the employer has the right to do x, y, z, but the employer does not have the right to silence their employee. If that were the case, employee = slave, employer = master. Slavery was abolished. Those who support such discrimination may one day have their voices silenced. I’m for Kaep!

  • Yoni7

    “Ya need to……pick yo afro, Coliiiiinnnn! Because it’s flat on one siiiiddddeee.”

    I kid. I kid.

    I hope something works out for him. #takeaknee

  • Scromes1212

    The NBA has a policy that requires players and coaches to stand for the national anthem. It’s a business not the government.

  • Noirluv45

    OT: Sandra, I hope you write about what happened to Tamika Mallory on American Airlines last night. It’s a damn shame how they treated her!

  • Noirluv45

    …and rules are meant to be broken. We have something called the First Amendment which allows me freedom of speech. If I don’t want to stand for some anthem, I’m not going to. Just because it’s a business does not mean you can’t challenge them. Are you willing to cow tow to your employer? What if they have a policy stating your hair has to be a certain color? Are you going to bow down?

  • Scromes1212

    I agree but the consequences of that stance is you can’t work for me. Businesses have rights also. If standing for the anthem is my policy then either you do it or find another job.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Good morning Roses!

  • Ms.Vanilla

    What happened?

  • Yoni7

    WOW! Just read the story.

  • Noirluv45

    Yet, again, slave & master. I know businesses have rights, but they don’t have the right to usurp YOUR rights. Again, I ask. If your boss made you have blonde hair, are you going to comply? How are you going to make someone stand for the anthem, especially an anthem that is racist and did not take Black people into consideration. I’d have to find another job before I’d allow an employer to dictate my life.

  • Noirluv45

    I heard her live feed, and my blood pressure went sky high!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I wish Kaepernick would move on and try to get a starting QB position in the CFL while continuing his work for social justice.

    With all of the haters in the NFL if he got a job as a QB I wouldn’t doubt if someone tried to assassinate him or his teammates allowed him to be injured.

  • Scromes1212

    I get your point but it’s not discrimination. Everyone has to stand. Not just black players. My business, my rules, as long as it doesn’t discriminate

  • Elevated Soul

    Dude is silly…He had a $130,000,000 contract and walked away from San Francisco and that contract, and now he says the owners colluded with President Trump—->LMAO!

    It doesn’t look as if owners are colluding with President Trump,if anything it’s the opposite which is why they have lost millions of viewers…YCMTSU!

  • KA

    That’s not a policy. They are voting on it at the meeting with owners and the players association this week.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Keep the players inside until the Anthem is played. Problem solved.

  • Noirluv45

    Good morning, Ms. Vanilla!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    The pilot sounded like a Trump supporter.

  • Noirluv45

    Yeah, I know what you mean, but when you fight, you have to go all the way. Maybe it’s worth it to him, ya know?

  • Scromes1212

    Do your research. Research Chris Jackson

  • Yoni7

    She went live as it was happening?

  • Noirluv45

    He sure did. In fact, I thought of Trump and I also thought the pilot knew who she was. There was no reason for his even butting in.

  • Noirluv45

    No, actually she went live on FB after the fact. She wanted the incident to come from her mouth because others were blaming her for it.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Read what happened to Ms. Mallory. That sort of thing happens all the time to black women especially in white collar jobs.

  • Noirluv45

    It is discrimination (I didn’t say racial, but in this case, the ones kneeling are predominately Black) so the discrimination comes in when someone is targeted for not towing the line. My life, my rules.

  • Noirluv45

    Yes ma’am, it does, and then people have the nerve to wag their fingers when we get righteously indignant.

  • shun king

    folks have to be ready to sacrifice for what they believe in.you cant think you will come out unscathed when you make a stand…feel like colin begging to me why can’t he say F them folks and go play in europe.

  • ShWa

    Yes.

  • Django the God

    That’s one of the last teams that would sign him. That’s one of them All-American teams.

  • Django the God

    W/ the sweaty bangs hanging down.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    I doubt he knew who she was or he wouldn’t have done it. I think he thought he could abuse her and get away with it like he probably always has done. Had he known her platform and what she fights for, I think he would have stayed out of it. Now he knows who she is and he’s going to pay.

  • bella28498 .

    good chit!

  • stav

    I feel you, but I also don’t think that organization is safe for him.

  • KA

    My bad. I just assumed that said NFL…since the post is taking about the NFL. The NBA does have a policy, and one against any form of protest. That’s why it was a big deal waaay back in the day when the black players raised their fists.

  • You Could Never

    Saw this last night and was texting with my sister circle about it. Im disappointed he has Mark Geragos as his attorney. That is a bad choice IMO. Glad he filed. But he needs to rid himself of Mark ASAP’dely.

  • Justlooknout

    LORD you gonna have the alphabet boys in your email, on this site.

    Take care of yourself. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a74c5254d03a32f50b7f5c31526add3876501a36cc877654a0495322136b283e.gif

  • Look@m3

    Good for him!!!!
    But my mind Is so torn with this child that put her 1 and 2 year old in the oven. I just cant shake this from my spirit! God we need you!

  • Oh Tommie

    The Packers will reach out to Tony Romo before Kap

  • Oh Tommie

    Where? I need to look this up

  • Noirluv45

    Yeah, I hear you. It probably isn’t.

  • Noirluv45

    That’s what my sister said. Oh, he and AA are going to pay alright.

  • Noirluv45

    I’m sure he’s counted the cost, and many of those who went before us knew and were willing to pay the cost. Fighting the system costs a lot, so either a person is willing to do it or not. We can all tow the line. Thankfully, freedom riders don’t. Maybe he doesn’t want to play in Europe. Why should he. He’s not willing to fold, so he keeps fighting the good fight. Can you imagine of those before us fled instead of fought. It takes a special kind of person to be willing to even lose his/her life for what’s right.

  • Noirluv45

    You know what? If all the players protested, what is the NBA going to do? That’s where we have our power. They aren’t going to let go of all the players.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    And I hope he wins. It would be legendary.

  • xenaD

    Keep the cameras off and away from the players. That’s what I said

  • Pamela

    Just reposting what’s already out there.
    Three words: First Ammendment Rights

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Good MornTing!

  • You Could Never

    Sue them for breach of contract. they all signed a contract that contained language in it that they will not protest. Adam Silver is no Roger Goodell (commish of NBA vs commish of the NFL). He is a lawyer by trade and a Jew. No doubt in my mind he will fire, sue everyone who he feels needs to be sued and tangled up in law red tape… and then carry his ass to a gay pride parade and turn up with no fux allocated.

  • You Could Never

    I meant maybe NOT fire. But he for sure gonna tie folks up in litigation.

  • xenaD

    I still want Ck to get his point across tho! I hope they all kneel at Super Bowl ?????

  • Noirluv45

    Well, they signed their freedom away. They don’t call them “owners” for nothing.

  • You Could Never

    And this is the thing. If you signed it away or are bound by items that dont allow protests then you cant be mad they sue you or fire you. Oh you can be, but dont be shocked.

    this doesnt pertain to Kap. NFL didn’t have CLEAR cut language on any of this. Some entities dont. But if they do, again don’t be surprised you get shown the door and a possible law suit. You can break rules but if you signed something saying you wont, then well the end result wont be pretty. Its you against a big huge company.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    I cannot confirm nor deny that I like this meme.. I do not need secret service all up in my business..no more that they already are….

  • Nina Ross

    Better yet, make them sing the 3rd verse.

  • Look@m3
  • Look@m3

    SUre would. I will turn up on this one fa sho!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    He probably knew who she was.

  • Nina Ross

    Maybe the world needs to see a black man demonstrate how to have some self-respect instead of bowing down to massa

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I read that the lawsuit may be an attempt to renegotiate the current CBA or give the players’ union some leverage for the next CBA.

  • Noirluv45

    What does CBA stand for?

  • Noirluv45

    If he didn’t, he does now.

  • JV

    If any team needs to sign Kaep, it’s the Browns. I had to watch Kevin freaking Hogan attempt to play football yesterday. It was 33-3 Texans midway through the 4th, and mind you JJ Watt wasn’t even playing. There’s absolutely no excuse not to give him a shot, the Browns do not have an NFL quarterback right now.

  • shun king

    that’s what i am saying. he should be damn them and they football instead of begging to get put in the massa house..

  • JV

    Don’t know how many times I have to say this: San Francisco let him go. He had no choice in the matter.

  • JV

    Collective Bargaining Agreement

  • Noirluv45

    Thank you. 🙂

  • JV

    You’re welcome 😀

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Collective Bargaining Agreement.
    I should have stated-the lawsuit may be an attempt to help the NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) renegotiate the current CBA or give them leverage for the next CBA.

  • Noirluv45

    Yep, that’s true. If they know they have been silenced then they need to accept it. The more I see the control of corporations, the more I say we need to build our own thing instead depending on the plantation owner. Many of these players see big $$ (and I can’t say I blame them…the big money is very appealing), but there’s a price for that too, and if and when it doesn’t work in their favor, they have to live with the decision they’ve made.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Kaepernick could do both. I don’t think his playing in the CFL would prevent him from taking legal action against the NFL.
    Just have a paycheck coming in. Ha,ha,ha!!

  • free

    i heard some stations aren’t televising the anthem part.

  • Noirluv45

    That’s okay. Well, I hope it works. They are bringing in millions to these owners. They should have some leverage.

  • Noirluv45

    He’s playing a game of chess, isn’t he? I love it!

  • free

    ^^^^ talking about the NBA not the NFL.

  • Luv Pitties

    I don’t think Colin should try to play football again, for his own safety because those players on his team probably will be instructed not to block for him and he will get hard hits regardless.

  • HTOWNPinkPuffingHerbal

    #TEAMTEXANS
    #HOUSTONSTRONG
    ?

  • EMILY POST

    Damn see this is what is crazy… Now everyone told all the black people that said to Colin if he wants to play in the NFL to chill out… They called all of the rational black folks crazy and coons and sell outs because they understood that he was an employee and a employee can be fired if they are not under contract.
    Now I didnt think he actually cared about playing football anymore… Who in the heck was advising this man???? His advisor agent needs to be fired cause they went about this all wrong…
    I hope he gets to play but dayum like I said he is the only one suffering.. Letting all those people hype him up to lose his job.

  • Oh Tommie

    Omg…just when I thought this world couldn’t surprise me anymore.

    Do people not know there are plenty of places that you can drop your kids off, no questions asked, if you don’t want them? So sad…smh

  • Wreckognize Game

    This is so sad. These babies are having a hard year. A guy here killed his 11 month old over the weekend. ??for the family.

  • Wreckognize Game

    ??

  • mel

    There is a clause in the NFL CBA that will help Colin Kaepernick. The owners statements will be used against them. They stood with the players one week..then allowed the Executive branch of government, (TRUMP ) influence players rights to protest. Secondly, law enforcement statements like this Brandon Jarvis Oklahoma police officer FB POST….
    Precisely why I don’t watch NFL bunch of f–in overpaid greasy headed (expletive) expecting everything for nothing!! It would make my day to bitch slap the Jerry juice outta everyone of them’s hair!! F— em!! #sorrynotf–insorry” Jarvis’s account was quoted as saying.
    This will help Kaepernick case. This was the very reason why he protest…if you already have hate in your heart even before you see a black person…it will never end well.
    Statements like
    But you’re not black,” Lieutenant Abbott replies. “Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right?”
    Thus is why he kneeled. ..politics turned this into something more.

  • BlahBlahBlah

    No they have a black back up QB already, so GB does not need Colin.

  • mel

    There are actually claims that the BLACK offensive line failed to protect Raiders QB CARR…because he said he didnt agree with the protests. He was sacked so many times he had to leave the game

  • mel

    Packers are a community owned team..THEY have a lot of say in crucial decisions

  • the guest

    Colin Kaepernick needs to walk into the EEOC Headquarters and file a complaint.

    The EEOC is obligated to investigate the employment discrimination of an NFL player same as they are of a bus driver. This whole situation needs to placed in the legal context of standard anti-discrimination laws.

    One can stand for the National Anthem yet off field channel their NFL salary to directly uplifting oppressed people and make a world of difference.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    As a peace offering the players should ask the owners to designate November as Criminal Justice Awareness Month and have each owner to donate at least a million to social justice organizations like the Innocence Project and have some men who have been freed due to the Innocence Project sing the national anthem and take a knee in exchange for no more on-field player protest.

  • Noirluv45

    I think you have a great idea, but I according to what the NA means, I still don’t think they should be made to sing it if they don’t believe what it stands for.

  • Oh Tommie

    Which further justifies my statement. The Packers are second to the Cowboys in relation to being the White American team. They won’t tolerate Kap’s pro-blackness. Plus, Romo is Wisconsin all day and grew up idolizing the Packers

  • Blak

    Trump wasn’t even in office when he started his publicity stunt and now it blew up in his face so it’s Trumps fault.

  • LordeAmbler

    Very true. I dont put nothing pass a coon

  • LordeAmbler

    You know who sticks together to get shit done. Asians. Hispanics. WHITES. YOU KNOW WHO DONT. BLACKS.

  • LordeAmbler

    Trump commented publicly to NFL owners about Kap protest. After that collusion took place.

  • nick c

    I didn’t even think about that damn…

  • nick c

    After Dred Scott you can NEVER rely on the courts…

  • nick c

    Geragos loses a lot of cases but these celebrities run in tight circles.

  • nick c

    He won’t get justice look at Dred Scott, how about all those wrongful convictions it took DNA to free those men the courts never overtured such bogus cases. Some appeal court will overturn it if he wins a lower court one.

  • mel

    Kaepernick is also WISCONSIN BORN…AND…A WHITE FAMILY RAISED HIM…when his white mother gave him up for adoption

  • Karen Brady

    His girlfriend seems to be in his ear alot. She’s a driving force.

  • EMILY POST

    Well I hope she is worth it… Didn’t she date somebody else and they were on the same team prior…
    I liked Colin Kapernick before and after his protest but it was a bad move for him professionally. I figure he likes attention but don’t lose your job over it. It was other ways he could have assisted and its just to bad.

  • Li

    He MIGHT. Get a settlement. But he won’t get a job.

  • Karen Brady

    Good afternoon!!

  • SumthinSweeter

    FACTS!

  • Oh Tommie

    Doesn’t matter if he was raised by a pack of wolves….what is he doing now…what does he identify as….what is he promoting? I think he deserves to be in the league…just don’t think Green Bay will pick him up….if it were that simple, he would’ve been picked up by now instead of the random Joe Schmoe and Jay Cutler (who was brought out of retirement). Again…this is all MY OPINION. Carry on.

  • mel

    Here in WISCONSIN, we think of him as a NATIVE SON…WE SUPPORT his PROTESTS. HIS VOICE IS BEING HEARD HERE…I CAN’T SPEAK..FOR EVERYONE ELSE…FACTS

  • mel

    Here in WISCONSIN, we think of him as a NATIVE SON…WE SUPPORT his PROTESTS. HIS VOICE IS BEING HEARD HERE…I CAN’T SPEAK..FOR EVERYONE ELSE…FACTS

  • Simone

    It’s about time her filed. No matter if he gets a job at all. It’s about the principle of it all.

  • Candance

    Im happy he filed. Its the principal!

  • Justlooknout

    Yeah, it’s your right and their to seek and find you. They are a new task force just follow and listen folks saying the moron name. so many folks want him.

  • KA

    If the players protested, the owners would do what they did in 2011 – declare a lockout. This hurt everyone – players, owners, advertisers, etc.

    I agree with anyone who says at the end of the day it’s business. If you agree to the terms of a contract, you have to abide by them.

  • KA

    Freedom isn’t free. I think very few people are able to live life fully on their own terms. There is always some sacrifice associated with true freedom. Kap learned that lesson.

  • Oh Tommie

    My sentiments exactly!

  • Dainese

    My moral code of ethics wouldn’t let me just chill. I’d be the driving force behind changes in the NFL if I were Colin. He can bring something bigger to the table if he does this right. I’m rooting for him.

    Personally, I’ve left a couple jobs because it didn’t set well with my morals & values. At the end of the day (as Colin’s situation shows us) sometimes your morals/values are all you’re left with. Sometimes, depending on who you are, that is enough.

    I don’t know if I’d even want to play for a league that put me out in such a way.
    No thank you, but.. I’d work on the laws so they couldn’t do this to anyone else.

    It’s bigger than just being another n—– on the field.

  • hottlanta

    Dump saying I love the black kids. I call them SOB’s and I tell their bosses to fire them so they can be unemployed.

  • mila king

    Colin needs to have several knees!!!!

  • gail jones

    Kaepernick looks like Jesus.

  • Jussjess25

    Colin going down in history !! I dead stand for that man ??