What happened, Colin?
Alleging that the 32 owners of the NFL conspired against Colin Kaepernick to keep him off of the field, Kaepernick’s Attorney, Mark Geragos, released a statement on Sunday explaining the reason for the lawsuit.
Statement from Mark Geragos, counsel for Colin Kaepernick. pic.twitter.com/Z7rWpuwb2g
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 15, 2017
The NFL Players Association released their own statement regarding the lawsuit.
NFLPA Statement on Colin Kaepernick Collusion Grievance: pic.twitter.com/TIJXSe2XFg
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2017
The NFL is yet to issue its statement on the matter, however, fans of the sport have given their opinion on the lawsuit.
This is what makes America great. He has every right to sit for the anthem. And the owners have every right not to hire him.
— Stefan (@SKISS68) October 15, 2017
Lisa Bloom: I’m the biggest bottom feeder there is.
Mark Geragos: Hold my beer 🍺
— He Who Dares, Wins (@MattRyanForever) October 15, 2017
He is clueless just like his client. Kaepernick is not that good of a QB to be worth the distraction of having him on your sidelines
— Kosmokazee (@Kosmo1978) October 15, 2017
"he preformed for at the highest level" ? That's hilarious! A mediocre QB at best..@Kaepernick7 like his "protest", have proven 2 be a farce
— Frank Sowers (@FrankSowers) October 16, 2017
Anyone else remember when he opted out of a contract
— Jonathan Mello (@melloyellow48) October 16, 2017
I'm going to try that.. I'm 54 years old, non athletic with a mild case of IBS.. But honestly feel I'm being shunned by NFL teams 👍🏼
— Steven A Smith (@stevepa27) October 16, 2017
Since Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49’ers, the teams in the NFL have seen multiple reasons to stay clear of the free-agent.
According to former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, the Ravens were close to signing Kaepernick before his girlfriend, Nessa Diab, posted a tweet ridiculing Lewis Steve Bisciotti, the owner of the Ravens.
“We were going to close the deal to sign him,” said Lewis on Showtime’s Inside the NFL as cited by USA Today. “Steve Bisciotti said, ‘I want to hear Colin Kaepernick speak to let me know that he wants to play football.’ And it never happens because that picture comes up the next day.”
The tweet, which Lewis said was “racist,” compared a picture of Lewis hugging Bisciotti to a scene from Django Unchained.
“(Diab) goes out and put out this racist gesture and doesn’t know we are in the back office about to try to get this guy signed,” Lewis explained.
Kaepernick himself has compared people to slavers in the past.
After the officer who shot Philando Castile was found not guilty of all charges, Kaepernick compared modern police officers to fugitive slave patrolmen.
A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn't need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled! pic.twitter.com/BVVPVZIQyD
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) June 16, 2017
He has also refused at least one contract offer since being a free-agent, The Daily Caller reports.
According to an NFL inside source for The Daily Caller, Kaepernick allegedly told his representative team to not sign a contract offering him “backup money” of $900,000 per year.
“Colin thinks he’s fighting a much higher battle than he is,” the source said. “He views himself as a race messiah.”
The Daily Caller reported in August that several teams, including the Seahawks and Dolphins, reached out to Kaepernick in the offseason.
It seems the race card is the only thing Kaepernick will be playing for the foreseeable future.
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