On Sunday Oct. 15, Colin Kaepernick’s attorney Mark Geragos, filed a grievance against the NFL and its owners for “colluding to keep him out the league,” demanding an arbitration hearing on the matter.
The filing says that the NFL and its owners “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.”
Geragos released an official statement on Twitter saying that the grievance was filed “after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”
— Mark Geragos (@markgeragos) October 16, 2017
Some individuals think this move is a good move for Kaepernick who has become a victim of the very racism he protested, such as Chair of the African-American Studies program at University of Mississippi, Dr. Charles Ross.
“At this point he doesn’t have much to lose,” Ross said. ” I think that clearly his strategy of just kind of being quiet over the last year and a half and not doing any interviews, hasn’t beared any fruit.”
“It’ll be interesting to see whether or not the NFL can be dragged into court and some kind of an argument or a case can be made that NFL owners are colluding to keep him from working, which is kind of an obvious thing right now,” Ross said. “Jay Cutler got signed and he was retired. They basically talked him into coming back.”
Kaepernick began kneeling for the national anthem last year as a response to the continued police brutality against unarmed individuals and the justice system’s failure to prosecute police officers who use excessive force. Following the 2016 season, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers to test the free agency.
Six weeks into the season, Kaepernick has yet to find a job. Kaepernick’s agent has reached out to all 32 NFL teams this year to express Kaepernick interest in returning to the field but so far no teams have reached out to him. Some of the quarterbacks that have been signed this year include Blaine Gabbert, Jay Cutler and most recently Brandon Weeden. To view a complete list of the 30+ free agent quarterbacks that were signed before Kaepernick here.