Former San Francisco 49er’s quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has filed a grievance for collusion under the latest collective bargaining agreement against NFL owners.
According to his attorney, Mark Geragos, Kaepernick has decided not to go through the NFL Players Association but has opted to hire Geragos. Geragos has represented several high-profile clients in past cases, including Michael Jackson, Jeremy Mayfield and Chris Brown.
The filing demands an arbitration hearing on the matter and states that 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.”
Kaepernick’s attorney tweeted out a statement Sunday saying he filed the grievance “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”
“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,” Geragos said in a statement. “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.
“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,” the statement continued.