(National Sentinel) Self-Destruction: How does a former NFL quarterback who has cost the league millions in revenue and began a movement that has sullied its reputation which led to massive loss of fans get another shot at making a team?
At least, that’s Colin Kaepernick’s strategy.
The one-time Super Bowl contender, whose ‘take a knee’ protests for alleged police brutality against black people during the National Anthem has spread now to all teams, has filed a grievance with the league, alleging “collusion” among all 32 owners.
Per Sports Xchange:
“We can confirm that this morning we filed a grievance under the CBA on behalf of Colin Kaepernick,” Geragos said in a statement, in reference to the collective bargaining agreement. “This was done only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.
“If the NFL (as well as all professional sports leagues) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful political protests — 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. 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.
Right. So it’s President Trump’s fault. Got it.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of last season, sensing the team was going to cut him anyway after a substandard season. The team went 1-15 in the 2016 season.
The specific language in the CBA being used to file the grievance states that: “No Club, its employees or agents shall enter into any agreement, express or implied, with the NFL or any other Club, its employees or agents to restrict or limit individual Club decision-making.” The clause applies to “whether to negotiate or not to negotiate with any player” and “whether to offer or not to offer a Player Contract to any player.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has stated on multiple occasions this season that Kaepernick isn’t being blackballed. That said, a number of teams have signed starting or backup quarterbacks among a short list of available free-agent QBs, but Kaepernick hasn’t been one of them.
Despite the language of the CBA, it’s going to be tough to prove that owners aren’t interested in hiring a QB who would rather be a Marxist political activist instead of a quarterback.
What’s also clear is that Kaepernick did this to himself. That he now refuses to take responsibility for his actions speaks volumes about his [lack of] character.
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