With an ever-growing record of householders becoming a member of the Colin Kaepernick deposition dance card, it was inevitable that the chief of the band must go below oath and reply questions from Kaepernick’s counsel, Mark Geragos.
Via Adam Schefter of ESPN, Commissioner Roger Goodell has joined the record of individuals to be deposed by Kaepernick’s lawyer within the pending collusion case. Goodell’s textual content messages and emails (topic to a listing of permitted search phrases) even have been focused.
Kaepernick’s lawyer additionally seeks to query NFL govt V.P. of soccer operations Troy Vincent and NFL senior V.P of participant engagement Arthur McAfee.
As one supply defined it, the usual strategy for arbitrations below the CBA is to permit 5 depositions per facet. It’s unknown on this case whether or not the arbitrator has permitted the request to depose Goodell and varied house owners, together with Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, Bob McNair, Paul Allen, and Jed York. It’s secure to imagine that the NFL will oppose the trouble to query Goodell, for the reason that NFL has usually completed that in previous instances involving any try and power Goodell, a non-lawyer, to joust a talented and skilled lawyer on a authorized excessive wire, and not using a internet.
Maybe it’s the trouble to query Goodell below oath that may lead to Goodell doing what his predecessor would have completed by now — making an off-the-record take care of a staff to signal Kaepernick and guaranteeing that this entire factor go away. If Geragos will get an opportunity to grill Goodell and varied different house owners, the worst-case situation for Goodell presumably will entail one thing worse than merely shedding the case.