Kaepernick Accuses 32 NFL Teams (and Trump) of Conspiring Against Him

"Coercion and calculated coordination from the Executive Branch of the United States government."

Colin Kaepernick has found a new way to keep himself in the news cycle. He has hired celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos (who has defended people like Michael Jackson and Chris Brown) and, together, they have filed a grievance claiming that all 32 NFL teams are working together in a conspiracy to keep him out of professional football. Let's keep in mind that Kaepernick was a second-string quarterback with the 49ers with a one-year option when he left and nobody has really wanted him sine 2013. His talent is the only thing conspiring against him.

The complaint says that the NFL teams "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," which he knows because it is a "statistical impossibility" that he has not yet been hired by another NFL team barring a conspiracy. (See my above comment regarding his talent for more information on this.)

But as long as Kaepernick and Geragos are slinging around blame, why not aim some in Donald Trump's direction. The "executive branch of the United States government" is behind this conspiracy, according to the complaint, which is a "response to coercion and calculated coordination from the Executive Branch of the United States government." 

Geragos also released a statement on Twitter, which read:

We can confirm that this morning we filed a grievance with the CBA on behalf of Colin Kaepernick. 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 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. "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," Geragos added.

They may have exhausted all avenues with the teams and executives, but they bypassed the NFL Player's Association, which would normally be the first step in addressing player concerns. 

I don't want to shock anyone here, but it almost seems like this guy is in it for the publicity, and he wants that publicity anywhere but on the fact that the problem is on his talent. If that means accusing the NFL of being part of a White House-led conspiracy, so be it. Maybe he and Hillary Clinton should work together on the blame book he is almost guaranteed to write. This guy is about five minutes from walking the woods in Chappaqua. 


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