Arbitrator sends Kaepernick's grievance against NFL to trial

Colin Kaepernick wins round as NFL case goes to trial

Colin Kaepernick wins round as NFL case goes to trial

Kaepernick filed the grievance in October a year ago, claiming owners have colluded to keep him out of the league after he knelt during the national anthem to highlight racial injustice in the United States. The statement was shared by Kapernick's lawyer, Mark Geragos, on Twitter.

The former 49ers quarterback argues that owners have colluded to keep him off any National Football League roster since he hit free agency in 2017.

David Price hit by line drive, leaves game
Austin Dean's 102.6-mile-per-hour liner caught Price with enough force that it careened all the way to first baseman Steve Pearce. Immediately after catching the ball and recording the out, Price looked at the wrist and went down the dugout steps.

Kaepernick first sat during the anthem two years ago, and later made a decision to kneel as a way to protest police brutality and systemic racial inequality against minorities, spurring a series of similar protests from a handful of players across the league that continue today. The protests grew during the 2017 season with players protesting en masse.

Michael Zagaris via Getty Images Kaepernick kneels on the sideline during the anthem prior to a game against the New York Jets at Levi on December 11, 2016. If Kaepernick and his legal team are successful in their deposition against the league, the Collective Bargaining Agreement could implode sooner than expected. The fact that teams with a need for a quarterback have passed up the chance to sign Kaepernick left many to believe owners are either punishing him for his stance or believe his presence would alienate fans. If a lockout occurs, the NFLPA representing the players on the field, and team owners would be forced to renegotiate their take of National Football League revenue, and most important to Kaepernick and his supporters, a fresh outlook on peaceful political protest could be discussed, among other things.

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