Mark Geragos, the newly hired attorney for former 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick, said Tuesday he has a “high degree of confidence” he will be able to prove National Football League team owners were colluding to keep the 29-year-old protester from being signed to a team.
“I am going to predict right now that we will have a smoking gun,” Geragos told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360.” “There are people who are not going to get into an arbitration proceeding and they are not going to lie. They are not going to lie. They are going to tell the truth and they’re going to say what happened. They were told no, you’re not going to hire him.”
Still an unsigned free agent, Kaepernick became notorious for taking a knee during the singing of the national anthem before a 2016 preseason game. He said he knelt to protest the treatment of black Americans and police brutality. However, his controversial actions have cost him the opportunity to play this season, prompting the football star to file a grievance under the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement on Sunday, according to a statement from Geragos.
“It’s beyond any doubt that he should be playing in the league and that’s all he really wants,” Geragos said of Kaepernick, who has yet to be signed to another team since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March.
When questioned if the grievance is for Kaepernick to play in the NFL again or for him to receive a monetary reward, Geragos said: “Colin said, ‘My no. 1 goal is — I’m 29 years old, I want to play.'”
While the NFL Players’ Association won’t be representing Kaepernick in this grievance, the association said it will communicate with his legal team to support his efforts.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter to team executives before Kaepernick’s grievance that the league needs to “move past this controversy” surrounding the national anthem. In the letter, Goodell wrote that the dispute “is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”
Kaepernick’s attorney Mark Geragos on collusion grievance filing: “We have a high degree of confidence that this will be able to be proved” pic.twitter.com/BmrroYSTrh
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) October 18, 2017
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