Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL for collusion.
In a report from Pro Football Talk, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has filed a grievance against the owners for collusion under the latest collective bargaining agreement.
“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Kaepernick wants to trigger termination of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement,” Pro Football Talk reporter Mike Florio said. “Article 69, Section 2 of the CBA allows for the agreement to be terminated prematurely in the event of proof of collusion. Under Article 17, Section 16(c) of the CBA, termination can arise from only one incident of collusion involving only one player if there is clear and convincing evidence of a violation.”
Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s attorney, released a statement on why the grievance was filed, via Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Here is a statement from lawyer Mark Garagos, who represents FA QB Colin Kaepernick, on his filing of grievance: pic.twitter.com/WVtI0WuNvZ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 16, 2017
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has denied there has been any blackballing of the quarterback. Back in June Goodell said the following to ESPN.com’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.”
As Sports Illustrated has pointed out Kaepernick faces a number of challenges through his collusion claim, with the athlete needing evidence of collusion in order to have a successful case.
“Kaepernick needs more than mere supposition or belief that he has been victimized by a conspiracy,” writes Sports Illustrated reporter Michael McCann. “Perhaps he has an email, text, social media message, video, audio recording, hand-written note or sworn testimony from a witness. Maybe his agents, Jeffrey Nalley and Sean Kiernan, are in possession of such evidence. Regardless, the evidence must clearly show that two or more teams, or the NFL and a team or teams, conspired to deny Kaepernick of an opportunity to play in the NFL.”