NFL Owners to Be Deposed in Kaepernick Collusion Case
Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, others may also have to turn over phone records, emails
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2017 5:35 PM CDT
This Dec. 24, 2016 photo shows San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talking during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams.   (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(Newser) – Colin Kaepernick's collusion case against the NFL is progressing, with an unnamed league source telling ESPN that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Texans owner Bob McNair, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and others are being asked to turn over cellphone records and emails. Others, including Seahawks owner Paul Allen and 49ers owner Jed York, will be deposed in the case, the source says. The owners are being involved due to public statements they made about Kaepernick or NFL players protesting. Kaepernick filed a grievance under the NFL collective bargaining agreement claiming he was deprived "of employment rights in retaliation" for his "advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality" in the US.

“Every day that goes by and he doesn’t get signed is another nail in the NFL’s defense,” the Washington Post quotes Kaepernick's attorney as saying. For many sportswriters, Kaepernick's point was further proven this week when Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his ACL during practice and the team chose to bring in Matt McGloin and TJ Yates. "The NFL is blackballing Colin Kapernick ... for political reasons," argues Bleacher Report, which calls McGloin "some rando from the quarterback scrap heap" who "throws like a coaching assistant." For the Win states Kaepernick "would have been perfect" for the Texans offense, while Yates "is pretty much useless." But Kaepernick will need to do more than be a better quarterback than those getting gigs; he must prove teams actively conspired with each other or the league itself to keep him from getting an offer.

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