Colin Kaepernick Is Being Excluded From NFL Player-Owner Meetings

Photo of Colin Kaepernick courtesy of ESPN.

Colin Kaepernick has been barred from attending any future meetings between NFL players and owners.

READ: Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL Owners

According to a report from Slate, Kaepernick has not been included in conversations about past and future meetings on social justice between the NFL Players Association and NFL owners.

“We specifically reached out to the [NFL Players Association] and to the Players Coalition [the group led by Malcolm Jenkins] and we were verbatim told that Colin had no role,” Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s attorney, said.

The report from Slate also revealed three emails between Kaepernick’s legal team and officials at the NFL Players Association, in which one of Kaepernick’s lawyers notes that the former NFL athlete had not been invited to any upcoming meetings as of Wednesday, October 25.

The emails contrast initial reports that said that Kaepernick had been invited to be a part of these meetings. Recently, it was announced that NFL players had invited NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, and Kaepernick to a meeting slated to happen Monday.

Kaepernick recently signed a million-dollar book deal with Random House imprint One World, as well as 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.”


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