Drastic Action Against NFL From Colin Kaepernick
In a move that will assuredly not endear free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the NFL, the beleaguered social activist filed a grievance against the league’s owners for collusion, per Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman.
I am told that @Kaepernick7 has filed a grievance under the CBA for collusion against the owners. If accurate, this is huge.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) October 15, 2017
Kaepernick has often been criticized for his passive-aggressive approach to his ongoing unemployment.
Instead of speaking out about his desire to play in the NFL, he often lets others do his talking for him.
Sometimes it’s Kaepernick’s allies that are still playing in the NFL speaking on his behalf. Other times, Kaepernick simply reposts comments from others coming to his defense on social media. Either way, Kaepernick himself has been oddly silent throughout the entire ordeal.
Well, he’s now making his move, and it could have huge implications.If Kaepernick is successful in proving beyond all doubt that the NFL owners are colluding against him, that would be a massive blow to the NFL.
Proving that, however, would be no small task.
The NFL is a business that features 31 privately owned teams and one publicly shared team. Kaepernick would have to prove that every owner made a clandestine agreement to deliberately freeze him out.
If Kaepernick is unsuccessful, his football career is all but over. Why would any owner want to employ a player who accuses them of engaging in illegal business practices?Kaepernick already alienated Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti when his girlfriend posted a social media image accusing Bisciotti of being a slave master. Kaepernick is well on his way to alienating the rest of the NFL’s ownership.
The NFL Players Association will almost definitely play a role in what happens next.
Regardless of whether or not Kaepernick wins his grievance, he is doing a fantastic job of further alienating himself from the NFL.
He may have a lot more time to focus on his social activism if he continues down this path.
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