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Colin Kaepernick Scheduled for Deposition on Tuesday in Grievance Suit

Lawyers for the National Football League are slated to depose former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Tuesday in New York. The questioning is expected to go on for hours as attorneys dive into numerous issues revolving around the free agent's injuries, attitude and his 'taking a knee' protests against the national anthem on the field.

Kaepernick is only one of many people scheduled to be deposed in his grievance case against the NFL, and some speculate that the proceedings might drag on into 2019.

Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in November, alleging that the team owners colluded to blackball him. When he was on the 49ers, the quarterback got national attention in his protests, which are rooted in what he believes to be systemic racism and police brutality against people of color.

The protests started a firestorm that divided the country. Many fans applauded Kaepernick, while others were offended and proceeded to boycott the league.

When Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers he decided to become a free agent for 2017, but not one team would sign him. The believes the powerbrokers in the league are conspiring against him to ban him illegally.

After NFL owners and managers spent weeks being deposed regarding their complaint, it's now their turn to put Kaepernick in the hot seat. He'll probably have to explain his salary demands, his capacity to play in light of past injuries, his relationship with coaches and teammates, any interest he may have had to continue his football career outside of the NFL, and whether he has any actual proof that teams and executives colluded to keep him out of the NFL.

The last point of contention is going to be difficult to prove. If individual teams didn't hire Kaepernick due to his performance (which was, admittedly, lackluster), concerns over injuries, or attitude problems, then they aren't doing anything wrong.

It's not even illegal for teams to not want Kaepernick because they have an aversion to the drama he stirs up over his protests. Kaepernick has been very outspoken about authorities, such as wearing socks with pigs in police hats. Team owners are allowed to simply not want such a controversial figure to play for them.

Yes, Kaepernick is entitled to his Constitutional rights of freedom of speech; but employers are entitled to decide they don’t want to put up with an employee’s drama that stirs up problems for them. The Constitution guarantees that the U.S. government cannot stop Kaepernick from staging protests or speaking out against authorities; that doesn’t mean private employers are obligated to give him a platform for protesting on the job.

If, however, Kaepernick has some kind of proof that there was collusion-- that they all secretly worked together, agreeing to blackball him -- he'll have something. His lawyers attempted to have personal and business emails and phone records turned over from team big wigs to find evidence of collusion.

Without a smoking gun, Kaepernick's grievances are probably not going to get anywhere, and he'll most likely never play for the NFL again.

If he proves his case and wins, however, he could end up being awarded double his lost salary, according to Forbes Magazine.

Source: Yahoo
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