I think your track record speaks for itself. Aside from the anthem protests, you have already priced yourself out of the NFL with your salary and starting demands, lost a chance to join the Baltimore Ravens because your girlfriend has as much common sense as you do (I seriously still can’t believe she tweeted out a photo comparing the owner to a slave master), not to mention that you haven’t played well since at least 2013.
Your career problems, are all on you buddy.
Of course though, if Colin Kaepernick isn’t on his knee, he has to find another way to protest. This time, he has filed an unexpected grievance against the league. What was the grievance you might ask? Alleging the owners of the NFL had colluded to keep him from playing.
Yes I am serious.
His attorney, Mark Geragos stated:
“We can confirm that this morning we filed a grievance under the CBA on behalf of Colin Kaepernick.”
“If the NFL (as well as all professional sports leagues) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful political protest — which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago — should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government.”
Here is a statement from lawyer Mark Garagos, who represents FA QB Colin Kaepernick, on his filing of grievance: pic.twitter.com/WVtI0WuNvZ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 16, 2017
And he doesn’t stop there, because of course getting back out on the field isn’t enough.
According to Mike Florio at NBC Sports, Kaepernick, who remains unsigned in week six of the season, is seeking to overturn the entire collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players.
Florio stated: “Article 69, Section 2 of the CBA allows for the agreement to be terminated prematurely in the event of proof of collusion. Under Article 17, Section 16(c) of the CBA, termination can arise from only one incident of collusion involving only one player if there is clear and convincing evidence of a violation.”
“The ramifications would be enormous, and historical. Kaepernick could give all players a tremendous piece of leverage, moving up the expiration of the contract by more than three years and forcing the owners back to the bargaining table.”
Since when is there legal protection for “principled and peaceful political protest” in the workplace? Besides, Kaepernick kept his job through his protesting. We all know that he was let go after yet another crappy season in San Francisco.
As for collusion, where’s the evidence? Kaepernick’s skills have been declining as a player for some time now and he has lost, not to mention infuriated, a huge fan base by bringing his political beliefs into the game. Any owner could figure out he wasn’t a good fit for the team and wouldn’t need to collude with anyone, much less than other owners.
His desperate grievance… is just another delusion of grandeur.
Kaepernick, the only thing this does for you is keep your name in the headlines a little bit longer. You can hang it up if you think it is going to get you back on the NFL roster anytime soon. Actually, this is going to hurt any snowball’s chance in hell that you might have had. By not standing up and taking responsibility for your own actions and yet continuing to blame others instead is just going to infuriate NFL fans even more.
According to ESPN, Stephen Burbank, the federally-appointed special master who oversees disputes between the NFL and the player’s union, will oversee the grievance.
Mr. Burbank, I for one challenge you to keep a straight face.
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