NFL Team Owners, Commissioner Deposed in Colin Kaepernick Collusion Case – Colorlines

Jerry Jones and Robert McNair publicly criticized NFL players for kneeling in opposition to police racism. Now they have to turn over their cell phone and email records to investigators.

At least five National Football League (NFL) team owners and the commissioner must submit all digital communications about Colin Kaepernick to the free agent’s legal team for his collusion case.

An anonymous NFL source told ESPN on Friday (November 3) that the team owners for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots will be deposed and required to turn over email and cell phone records related to the case. Kaepernick’s grievance, which he filed last month, accuses all 32 NFL team owners and other central office executives of punishing him for his kneeling protests against racist policing by conspiring to keep him out of a job. The complaint says the alleged collusion violates the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, which prohibits executives from placing restrictions on a team’s ability to work with any individual player. (Colorlines)

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4 Black Players Just Made SICK Ultimatum To NFL Of What They Want To Force White Fans To Do For A Month – Conservative7

The Watch Dog response: But race don’t matter! Jesus need to come see these Mean Ignant Racist White Folk.

When most Americans turn on the television to watch a football game, the last thing they want is to be bombarded with is the political viewpoints of protesting millionaire athletes whining about their “oppression” of living in America. The NFL has a catastrophe on their hands at this point, as their protesting players are now turning away fans in droves, with their viewership down a startling 14% just since last year. But in a move steeped in complete insanity, the NFL is doubling down on their plans to alienate their vastly patriotic fan base, with the sickening change they plan to make for the month of November. (Conservative7)

At Least One NFL Owner Cleared A Very Low Bar On Anthem Protests – Deadspin

The Watch Dog response: Can’t wait to see how they twist these trues!

“When Colin originally sat, I was taken aback by it,” York said. “I felt like a lot of people who have been negative toward the anthem protest, then I sat down with Colin and I heard where he was coming from … I think his message has been lost, and that’s the disappointing thing in this. His message has been lost in what he’s fighting for, and I think that’s one of the things that really struck me is, the more you sit down with our players and hear what they’re about and what they’re fighting for, it’s really, really hard to disagree with them.” (Deadspin)

While the Star Spangled began playing, both Smith and Carlos lowered their heads and raised their fists . . . Joe Madison

The Watch Dog response: Like I have said fighting some of the same battles now from back then. But then you have folk acting like the fight just begin. GTHOH! I know what I have been working on and others around me while now some folk come on the scene trying to act like they done figured something out. Really?

On this date, in 1968, Olympic sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos took their places on the podium during the medal ceremony wearing black socks without shoes, black gloves, and civil rights badges. While the Star Spangled began playing, both Smith and Carlos lowered their heads and raised their fists, in solidarity with the Black Freedom Movement in the United States. (Joe Madison)

Report: Kaepernick files grievance against NFL owners for collusion – MSN

Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance under the collective bargaining agreement for collusion against NFL team owners, reports Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report.

Kaepernick has hired high-profile attorney Mark Geragos and is preparing to release a statement about his grievance soon, added Freeman.

The free-agent quarterback has remained unemployed since his release by the San Francisco 49ers in March and has garnered little interest from teams around the league.

This has caused some to suggest he’s being blackballed for his national anthem protests during the 2016 season.

Kaepernick appeared in 12 games for 49ers in 2016, throwing for 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns to four interceptions. (MSN)

The memo 4 players sent NFL commissioner Roger Goodell – Yahoo News

As players whom have been advocating for social justice for the past year, we appreciate the opportunity to engage with you, the league, owners, coaches and GMs to make our communities stronger. As we shared with you, the silence following our individual and collective demonstrations around the national anthem to raise awareness to racial inequality and issues surrounding criminal justice reform has been met with inconsistencies in press coverage and perceived lack of support.

To recap our discussion, currently there are more than 40 active players who have participated in our “Players Coalition” to work on criminal justice reform on various levels (some more than others). Below is a summary of the activities we have conducted to date.

Our focus has been to identify and place our efforts on the key areas of reform where our influence and support can make a . . . (Yahoo News)

The NFL and ESPN badly misjudged Trump. Now they’re paying the price.

The Watch Dog response: But race don’t matter! Ya’ll better wake the hell up. Some think it is open season on black folk coming from the white house. Well they gonna learn the day!

(CNN)The NFL put out a statement on Wednesday denying it had capitulated to President Donald Trump and banned players from kneeling when the National Anthem plays before games.

This remains true, so far as we know, in the abstract. The league has not imposed any formal restrictions. (Yet. There are more meetings planned.) But even as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatened on Sunday to bench any player judged to be “disrespecting the flag,” the presidential blitz continues — and it becomes clearer that the NFL and ESPN’s attempts to appease Trump have failed. (CNN)