Colin Kaepernick


Colin Kaepernick's Lawyer: NFL Owner Testified He Changed Mind About Signing QB After Trump Remarks

May 29, 2018 - 3:38 pm


An NFL owner testified under oath that he changed his mind about signing Colin Kaepernick after President Donald Trump said last year that owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem, the lawyer representing Kaepernick said. 

In an interview with CBS Sports Radio legal analyst Amy Dash on her "Straight Aim" podcast, attorney Mark Geragos did not name the owner, but he also said NFL coaches have provided testimony that supports Kaepernick's claim that teams colluded to keep the former 49ers quarterback out of the league due to his controversial protests. Kaepernick has been without a team since 2016.

"In this civil case, there's no doubt that the existing coaches -- and I'm talking about Super Bowl-winning coaches -- have testified under oath that he's a starting quarterback in this league, and so that's mind boggling," Geragos said. "When you ask them ... specifically why he isn't he being hired ... they say because of the national anthem policy."

Kaepernick filed a collusion lawsuit against the NFL last season, and 15 witnesses have been deposed to date, Geragos said.

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"The only reason -- and the owners will admit that -- they haven't signed him is they're afraid of Trump, and they've colluded because of Trump," Geragos said.

Geragos added that he believes the NFL's new national anthem policy helps Kaepernick's case. The revamped rules permit players to remain in their locker rooms during "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requires them to stand if they are on the field. The teams of violators will be fined and the players themselves will be subject to additional discipline from their clubs and the NFL.

"This substantiates everything we have thought all along and just proves that they colluded," Geragos said. ""I think clearly the fact that they said it (the vote) was (said to be) unanimous, yet then it startled to trickle down that two of the owners abstained and then another said that he would absorb it, and then another owner called it idiotic and then Steve Kerr called it idiotic, I think it's clear you can use that as a piece of evidence to show that they've colluded."

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Geragos added that "absolutely" there's going to be a legal challenge to the policy, although he would not say who will file it.

To listen to the "Straight Aim" podcast, click on the audio player above.