Latest On Colin Kaepernick’s Collusion Lawsuit

Colin Kaepernick and his legal team have now requested two high-profile individuals be deposed in his collusion lawsuit against the NFL. Jane Goodell, the wife of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and John Schnatter, the former CEO of Papa John’s pizza, have both been sent deposition requests, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports and Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.Colin Kaepernick

Kaepernick has already asked for records, emails, and text messages from Roger Goodell and several other notable NFL executives and coaches — including Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and 49ers owner Jed York — but Jane Goodell is only tangentially related to the league. Her inclusion in the lawsuit is most likely related to an October Wall Street Journal article which detailed Goodell’s use of an anonymous Twitter account to defender her husband from social media criticism.

Schnatter’s involvement in the Kaepernick grievance is also adjacent to the league, as he complained that kneeling NFL players — a form of protest initiated by Kaepernick — was to blame for declining television ratings, and therefore, lackluster pizza sales. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who is also on Kaepernick’s deposition list, owns more than 100 Papa John’s locations and enjoys a close relationship with Schnatter, per La Canfora, who reports Kaepernick’s lawyers want to determine Jones’ role in Schnatter’s comments.

Kaepernick, of course, didn’t play in the NFL in 2017 and has since argued that league owners are conspiring to keep him off the field. The end goal of Kaepernick’s grievance may be to terminate the current collective bargaining agreement (no matter how unlikely that may seem), but he’d been expected to be granted much leeway when questioning NFL owners.

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49 comments on “Latest On Colin Kaepernick’s Collusion Lawsuit

  1. Peterd

    When will this LOSER go away ??

    Give him a participation trophy and just disappear

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      • Peterd

        If he was so “great” he’d have a job long ago in the NFL. Bottom line is his reduced production and the PR Nightmare he’s created for himself makes him toxic in the NFL. No one will EVER touch him.
        There’s always the XFL

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    • Dodgethis

      On what planet is this little man child a food person? Please join us in reality.

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  2. sportsfan101

    He’s a pos. What job allows you to protest anything on site? Exactly you would be fired for what he did. Again the NFL is a business as well. He doesn’t belong on the field plain and simple.

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    • tsolid

      What jobs do you know that play the national anthem before work?? You’re showing your ignorance and lack of intelligence not understanding that.

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      • brewcrew08

        You are showing your ignorance by not reading what he said. Clearly says “what job allows you to protest anything on site?” Where in that did it say national anthem. I am all for players speaking about causes they believe in but doing on Sunday’s (the day of your job you’re paid to do) is not the place. All the more reason Kap looks like a 12 year old school girl who cries about everything and will no longer find employment in the NFL.

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        • tsolid

          It’s called correlation, dummy. If you want to be technical, it’s really not a protest since he just chose not to stand for the anthem and didn’t have any signs or cause any commotion. You and your tummy sticks buddy look more like the 12yr olds playing Dr with each other

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          • Since he’s such a great guy and suing for collusion, maybe he can get Manziel back into the NFL as well.

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      • fieldsj2

        I guess you work in front of 60000 people and are sponsored by the U.S military. No different then his Beats headphone hissy fit. You do what your sponsors want! Too bad Goodell is too chicen@hit to make them stand. Most jobs have rules, and if you don’t follow them your gone. Why is this and different?

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      • semut

        PLEASE don’t mistake this as me defending Kaepernick. But I think they ought to go back to how it was before the whole PR disaster of the DoD paying the NFL to do the whole anthem-with-players thing. Because, you’re right, what job let’s you protest AT work? But by the same token, what job “forces” you to stand for the anthem during work hours? Just keep the players in the lockerroom how it used to be up until a few years ago. Let football just be football again.

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  3. leprechaun

    He is a anti American moron and nothing but a trouble making has been. Give him nothing and hope he enjoys it

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    • Kenleyfornia74

      Exactly if he hates America so much go away. Im sure he would enjoy Cuba better

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      • OCTraveler

        “Anti-American” what could be more “Pro-American” than showing others we still have the right to peaceful protest when we feel that an injustice has been committed.

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        • Kenleyfornia74

          He was had bad mouthing the country so much and wore a Castro shirt in Miami. He is a communist thug. The social justice stuff makes it so people dont see it, but its there.

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          • OCTraveler

            Once again he did nothing that violates his Constitutional Rights

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  4. leprechaun

    Why was my comment deleted don’t get like Twitter guys nothing was wrong with it

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  5. frank_costanza

    The thing that gets me most about this is that he believes he has a right to play in the NFL. This isn’t a tax payer filing a law suit because the public schools are refusing to allow their child to attend. If the NFL doesn’t want him, they have no legal obligation to employ him. Sure it’s just one of many reasons, but there’s no denying that the anthem protests have contributed to the rating s decline. Whether you believe him taking a knee is a big deal or not, his actions caused a world of trouble for the league. So why would they want him back? He hurt their business. There’s also the risk vs reward factor for teams here. Is Colin Kaepernick really so talented that you’re willing to create that PR mess for your team and the league? This isn’t Peyton Manning we’re talking about…

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    • Ironman_4life

      Probably the most common sense post I’ve seen in a while

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      • frank_costanza

        Well, as I said, there were many reasons. Football in general is overexposed. It’s on too many days of the week. There’s too many options. People don’t feel the need to tune into every game because there’s always a game on tomorrow.

        Also, a lot of parents now are pushing their children into sports that aren’t football because of concussions. I’m not sure the interest in football is as strong as it once was.

        Whether those apply to college I’m not really sure. Not a college football fan. But I think the game in general is suffering.

        To be clear I think the ratings drop for NFL are the protests, concussions, market saturation and a lack of parody.

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        • tsolid

          It’s more like people are cutting the cord in all areas. Your storyline is better though

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  6. mafiaso316

    He didn’t play for anyone because he didn’t want to sign as a back-up, he’s not a starter anymore, F#$k him,,,,let him do his thing on his own time,,,time to move on from this POS .

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  7. dirtyd27

    I really hope this goes to trial, it will be interesting to see where the law draws the line since pro sports teams have become private corporations trying to pass off as public institutions.
    I’m for Kaep’s cause but I think his case is a little bit of a… hail mary.

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  8. dugdog83

    All the judge has to do is review game film and the case will be closed.

    He is not a NFL QB. Plain and simple he isn’t good and once defensives figured him out his production stopped.

    If was good enough to play he would be on a team.

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  9. fieldsj2

    There was definitely collusion. The owners all got together and realized he sucked and was not worth the headache.

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  10. sufferfortribe
    sufferfortribe

    I’ve heard of him. Who is he again? Someone important?

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  11. Why isn’t Tim Tebow suing the NFL with Kap? The similarities are uncanny.

    1. Both QB’s had a very strong showing in the playoffs.
    2. Both QB’s were better at running the ball than throwing the ball.
    3. Both QB’s were not very good at their position
    4. Both QB’s took highly publicized and criticized knees during each game.
    5. Both QB’s couldn’t find work in the NFL once their allure wore off.

    What’s the difference between Kap and Tebow that warrants a lawsuit from one, but not the other?

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    • Scott Sandars

      Because Tebow isn’t a totally self obsessed d-bag, and also, he decided to try baseball instead.

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      • Can’t agree with you more. I was hinting at the fact that Tebow was the more “stand-up” guy.

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  12. Dodgethis

    As a 20+ year 49ers fan, kaepernick has no case. We never wanted him in the first place. The bay area was pissed when he started over Alex Smith and LOST us the super bowl. Kaepernick has had the same exact problems since he debut and they never got better. He doesn’t understand the word touch. He spends too much time in the weight room and not enough studying film. He absolutely cannot read the defense. He is a running back who can throw a 100mph fastball. And then when he grew that afro…. please Colin. We all remember the little college kid who was praising his adoptive parents and loving his well off upbringing. He s an attention w***e. Good riddance.

    “They don’t want me it must be racist or collusion, because it couldn’t be me” it’s like a perfect parrallell of the Democratic party.

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      • Dodgethis

        Yeah ignore the person who lives the bay area and actually watches and follows the 49ers. Ignore the facts and ignore reality. But kudos on your grade school insult. I’m sure it made you feel better about living a deluded life.

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        • tsolid

          OMG… just b/c a person lived somewhere that makes them right? Sounds about right, dude. FYI…. I live in the Bay and I think he’s FOS. You can come up from under his desk now.

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          • Dodgethis

            Forgive me but what is FOS? I’m not an ignorant high school nitwit, I use proper words and have no idea what that means.

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  13. OCTraveler

    Hoping that now that Kap has serve his one year “suspension” for his actions in 2016, he can be “reinstated” by the owners and signed and be allowed to get along with his career. Would be a good back-up for any of the teams in the AFC West.

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    • Woodcutta

      What teams? Remember, they have to run an offense that is best suited to him.

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  14. Bmore

    NFL owners have the right to refuse to sign players on their team if that can hurt their business. And Kap knows he was wrong not by what he stands for but for kneeling.

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  15. 394gwynnale

    As a disgruntled former Charger fan in San Diego, anything that could hurt the NFL I support. I don’t really care about the kneeling during the anthem part – I just want Kap to show up the owners and Goodell.

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    • Dodgethis

      Hearing Goodell is like shooting the messenger. He gets paid to do what’s he’s told by a bunch of billionaires. Hate the owners not the employees.

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