Colin Kaepernick filed a collusion claim against the NFL

Colin Kaepernick Reportedly Files Grievance Against NFL Owners for Collusion

Colin Kaepernick Reportedly Files Grievance Against NFL Owners for Collusion

That's why he has reportedly fired a grievance against the league's owners, claiming that they are colluding to keep him out of the league.

Jason La Confora of CBS Sports confirmed the report.

Instead of filing the grievance through the NFL Players Association, Kaepernick has hired attorney Mark Geragos, who has represented several high-profile clients, including Michael Jackson, former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield and musician Chris Brown.

The complaint calls Trump "an organizing force in the collusion among team owners in their conduct towards" Kaepernick, and claims National Football League owners have described Trump's administration as "causing paradigm shifts in their views toward National Football League players".

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"Our union has a duty to assist Mr. Kaepernick as we do all players and we will support him", they said in a separate statement. Under the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement teams and the NFL are forbidden from coming together to deprive a player of employment. We know that if it occurred, it must have been within the last 90 days, as under Article 17 of the CBA a player has that long to file a grievance.

Back in September, hundreds of football players, coaches and NFL owners engaged in their own forms of protest (which included kneeling) after Donald Trump called on NFL owners to fire football players who do not stand during the pledge of allegiance.

The anthem issue flared again a week ago Sunday when Vice President Mike Pence, a former IN governor, left Indianapolis' home game against San Francisco after about a dozen 49ers players knelt during the anthem. Jones' comments drew a swift response from union Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, who said Jones was contradicting assurances from Goodell that players could express themselves without reprisals. 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.

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