Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing the 32 owners of collusion. Grace Lee reports.
The first man to kneel is taking a stand against the NFL. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick filing a grievance against the league on Sunday (October 15), accusing its 32 owners of colluding to prevent him from being signed, after he took a stand against the treatment of African Americans, particularly by police. He's been unemployed through the first 6 weeks of the season, even after injuries to other players created potential job openings. Kaepernick says his agent reached out to all 32 teams with no luck. He's been a controversial figure since last year, when he first knelt during the national anthem before a San Francisco 49ers game. Similar protests have been seen throughout the league this season after U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at the gesture. "I think it's something that people are really feeling their humanity. They're feeling - you know what? This might not be something I experience on a daily basis but it's not right that these other people are going through this." NFL commission Roger Goodell has said multiple times that Kaepernick is not being blackballed. But the player and his legal team are claiming the owners violated terms of the collective bargaining agreement, specifically a clause that prohibits teams from acting together in regards to a player's employment status. Kaepernick has indicated he would stand for the national anthem in the future.