Colin Kaepernick's collusion case against NFL team owners can go to trial

Heather Diaz
September 2, 2018

Colin Kaepernick's collusion claim against the NFL will continue after system arbitrator Stephen B. Burbank denied the league's request to dismiss the case.

Kaepernick's decision to protest during the national anthem sparked other social inequality protests from players around the league over the last two-plus seasons. One notable exception came in the late 1980s, when Major League Baseball was roiled by several cases brought by the players and their union that accused team owners of trying to keep down salaries. The case hinges on whether owners worked together rather than decided individually to not sign Kaepernick. Kaepernick, as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, became the face of the player protests. Players are allowed to stay off the field during the anthem.

Colin Kaepernick and his legal team are driving inside NFL territory, forcing the league and its 32 teams to brace for a defensive stand. But Kaepernick's lawyers contend that the quarterback was still talented enough to play in the National Football League, and that he was willing to be a backup if needed.

The Ravens ultimately backed away from signing Kaepernick, and Lewis said Diab's tweet was a factor. The Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins called the teams "cowards".

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At a fan forum, owner Steve Bisciotti said the organization had consulted with everyone from season-ticket holders to former players - including Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis - on the possibility of signing the controversial quarterback. "That is the league's problem".

The NFL did not provide comment on Burbank's decision.

Burbank made his decision after conducting a recent hearing. Kaepernick said no because he would have had to take a pay cut to join the Broncos. The protests have been sharply criticized by President Donald Trump, fueling an intense national controversy. "And he's certainly qualified and I hope he gets a shot". He accomplished a lot in the pros as a player.

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