Attorneys for quarterback Colin Kaepernick have notified the NFL that they’re requesting that a number of homeowners of groups, together with the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones and the Houston Texans’ Robert McNair, take part in depositions as a part of Kaepernick’s grievance accusing homeowners and groups of colluding to maintain him out of the league, an individual acquainted with the case stated Friday.
The request additionally seeks entry to digital communications, together with emails and textual content messages, involving a number of groups that had been linked to Kaepernick, in accordance with that particular person, who spoke on the situation of anonymity as a result of Kaepernick’s grievance stays pending.
The NFL declined to remark. The groups concerned both declined to remark or didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Kaepernick has remained unsigned since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers following final season. He started the motion of gamers protesting throughout the nationwide anthem whereas with the 49ers final season. He is being represented in his collusion grievance by Los Angeles-based lawyer Mark J. Geragos, with help being provided by the NFL Players Association.
Under the phrases of the collective bargaining settlement between the league and the NFLPA, Kaepernick should show that groups conspired with one another or with the league. The indisputable fact that he stays unsigned, compared to gamers who’ve been signed and are on rosters, doesn’t by itself show collusion, below the CBA.
Jones has stated he would bench any Cowboys participant who protests throughout the anthem. McNair created an argument when he reportedly stated throughout a current homeowners’ badembly that the NFL “can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
The request by Kaepernick’s authorized workforce was beforehand reported by different media retailers, together with CBS and ESPN. Those studies additionally talked about Jed York of the 49ers, Paul Allen of the Seattle Seahawks and Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots among the many homeowners who might be deposed, and the Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens among the many groups from which digital communications are being sought.
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