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NFL Owner Admits Changing Mind About Signing Kaepernick After Trump Comments

31 May 2018

San Francisco 49ers players Eli Harold (57), Eric Reid (35) and Marquise Goodwin (11) kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Houston Texans in Houston on December 10, 2017.

Ross also said Patriots owner Robert Kraft had spoken about the issue with Trump and National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell was influenced by the president's statement, the Journal reports.

He then filed a grievance case with the National Football League Players Association alleging that the league's owners "colluded" to keep him from pursuing his football career. Reid a former first round draft pick for the 49ers, continued to kneeling after Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the team in 2017.

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The anthem debate has created a firestorm ever since Kaepernick declined to kneel for it during the 2016 preseason. Under the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement teams and the NFL are forbidden from coming together to deprive a player of employment.

The Journal also reported that Ross met with Dolphins players multiple times and asked those who wished to protest to stay off the field during the anthem.

Geragos also claimed to have, via deposition, plenty of evidence that Kaepernick remains unsigned primarily due to his national anthem protests and fears of a backlash from Trump. "Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest".

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Teams will be fined if there are players who don't stand and show proper respect during the anthem. The specificity of state laws about political speech, as well as legal loopholes created because some stadiums are publicly owned or financed, could further add wrinkles to the picture. Many believed that Trump's comments about the league over the past few months regarding the National Anthem protests played a factor in the decision.

"Yeah. Well, bingo", Geragos said.

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NFL Owner Admits Changing Mind About Signing Kaepernick After Trump Comments