When Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee during the national anthem during the 2016 NFL season, he quickly became a controversial figure. The public split down the middle on what he was doing. Proponents thought he was protesting police brutality and racial discrimination, while opponents accused him of disrespecting the service men and women in the United States military and the flag. This year Colin Kaepernick is not playing in the NFL. Not because he doesn’t want to, but because no team picked him up after his contract with the San Francisco 49ers expired. And because he is no longer working, Kaepernick blames the NFL for blackballing him. Now he’s filed a lawsuit against the organization.
Kaepernick along with his team of high-paid lawyers filed a lawsuit against the NFL for collusion.
And when the announcement broke, Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said:
“If the NFL (as well as all professional sports teams) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful 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.”
In short, Kaepernick is blaming the NFL and President Trump for his being out of a job.
Although most of America thinks that Kaepernick’s lawsuit is just a joke and a ploy for publicity, Geragos thinks his client will win the case and emerge victorious in a landmark decision.
The lawyer has even gone so far as to say he has a “smoking gun” that will seal the deal.
While interviewing with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Geragos said:
“The collusion, all you’ve got to show. I know I’ve read a lot of this about what an uphill battle it is and things of that nature. Every day in America there are prosecutors who prove conspiracies which are akin to collusion.
“And they do it at a standard beyond a reasonable doubt in a criminal courtroom, whether federal or state. And they do it without any kind of ‘smoking gun.’ I am going to predict right now that we will have a ‘smoking gun…’”
While Geragos says that he has the ace in the hole for the case, he doesn’t want to spill the beans… yet.
He continued: “I’m not going to alert who it will be or what it will be. But we have a high degree of confidence that this will be able to be proved.”
On Thursday, Gerago’s lawfirm posted a message on behalf of Kaepernick that read:
“As John F. Kennedy aptly noted almost 60 years ago, a president should be a moral leader in the crusade for human rights and [he] must exert the great moral and educational force of his office… to support the right of every American to stand up for his rights, even it on occasion he must sit down for them.”
Do you think the NFL colluded against Colin Kaepernick to make sure he didn’t get a job for the 2017 NFL season? Or is this just a publicity stunt aimed to get Kaepernick back in the spotlight?