National Football League owners to be asked to share records pertaining to Kaepernick case

National Football League owners to be asked to share records pertaining to Kaepernick case

National Football League owners to be asked to share records pertaining to Kaepernick case

According to Bleacher Report, Adam Schefter of ESPN noted that three National Football League owners, the Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones, New England Patriots' Robert Kraft and Houston Texans' Bob McNair, will be asked to release cellphone records and emails in connection with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's collusion case. Schefter reported those three are just the start to many other team and league officials that will also be deposed.

The grievance was filed last month under the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to a statement from Mark Geragos, Kaepernick's attorney. Kaep began the wave of protests back when he was signed with San Francisco in September 2016.

Jones said he was aware of the suit only through news reports and that he has not been officially contacted by Kaepernick's legal team.

"NFL teams exhibited unusual and freaky behavior regarding Mr. Kaepernick's prospective employment", read the grievance.


ABC News reached out to Geragos for comment, but he has not replied as of this writing.

Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract this offseason and has yet to get significant interest from teams, despite being more talented than are a handful of those now employed.

Kaepernick started a national conversation about political activism by athletes last season when he chose to sit, and then kneel, during the anthem to bring attention to mistreatment of African-Americans by police. Sources told Schefter at the time that Kaepernick would stand during the anthem in 2017.

By filing a grievance against the NFL, Kaepernick and his legal team are looking to prove that NFL ownership has agreed to a united front to not sign the 30-year-old quarterback in an effort to avoid public backlash and issues with sponsorships.

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