Eh? Grievance? How blind!
What Colin Kaepernick and his attorneys are not understanding, apparently, is that the owners of NFL owners get to decide who they hire and who they don’t hire, and they enjoy tremendous liberty in that arena. The players don’t call the shots. They are employees.
The owners don’t really care if you kneel during the national anthem or do cartwheels up and down the field. Jerry Jones made that very clear getting on his knees like a $5 hooker with the rest of the team to spit directly into the faces of the fans in the stands (all standing for the anthem, by the way) who paid money to watch the Dallas Cowboys play football, not to show their asses in support of a racial grievance that is contradicted by available data.
What the owners do care about is their bottom line. You CANNOT screw with their money. If your cause, no matter how noble, causes the owners to lose money, guess what happens? Your cause goes bye-bye, which is why the NFL is now cracking down on kneelers. You CANNOT screw with the money!
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Colin Kaepernick can’t find a team to play for because he loses money for anyone who hires him. BIG money! He is also not as good a quarterback as he believes, apparently. Owners are fully within their rights to not hire Kaepernick. In terms of revenue, he is a loser for any team that hires him, which makes it perfectly legal for any owner to give him a pass (pun intended).
From Bleacher Report
As first reported by Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has filed a grievance against the owners for collusion under the latest collective bargaining agreement.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on what Kaepernick is looking to accomplish with the grievance:
“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Kaepernick wants to trigger termination of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.
“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.”
Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, released a statement on why the grievance was filed, via Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:
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
Kaepernick opted out of his contract at the conclusion of last season with the expectation he would find a new landing spot but has not gotten a new deal and has received surprisingly little interest compared to how well he played last season. He finished the year with 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 12 games.
The 29-year-old was notably the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem at the start of last season as a protest against racial injustice. The media attention is a holdup for several organizations.
However, Commissioner Roger Goodell has denied there has been any blackballing of the quarterback.
“I believe that if a football team feels that Colin Kaepernick, or any other player, is going to improve that team, they’re going to do it,” he said in June, via Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com.
La Canfora reported last Sunday that Kaepernick is “not quitting” and is willing to prove himself as a quality option.