The Colin Kaepernick collusion grievance had a superb week because it pertains to the continued shunning of a quarterback by groups that clearly have wants for higher quarterbacks. The Kaepernick collusion grievance might quickly have loads of good days and weeks as the method of gathering proof commences.
Per a supply with information of the scenario, Kaepernick’s authorized group has expanded the scope of search phrases that will likely be used when gathering proof from textual content messages, emails, and different digital proof. This implies that a a lot larger haystack of communications will likely be accessible for the seek for a number of needles — or large-caliber smoking weapons — that will show collusion.
Those phrases (together with apparent phrases like “Kaepernick” and “Trump”) will likely be used to trace down messages exchanged between individuals on the identical group and individuals who characterize totally different groups that will have any relation, direct or oblique, to the seek for quarterbacks and the choice to not signal that particular quarterback. League workplace inside and exterior communications additionally will likely be related.
Also, given the curious method through which the Colts have dealt with the Andrew Luck shoulder damage, PFT has discovered that Colts proprietor Jim Irsay may find yourself being questioned underneath oath concerning his group’s failure to pursue Kaepernick at any level this yr. And right here’s the factor about questioning Jim Irsay underneath oath — as Adam Schefter of ESPN discovered the arduous manner earlier this yr when interviewing Irsay for a podcast, Irsay tends to reply to the greeting “how are you” with a disjointed, 14-minute stream of consciousness. And that tendency to ramble aimlessly might be lethal throughout a deposition, when something the witness says can and will likely be used in opposition to him — and when each facet of each response turns into the premise for follow-up questioning.
Schefter reported earlier within the day that Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones, Texans proprietor Bob McNair, and Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft may even be questioned underneath oath. Those depositions haven’t but occurred (some have interpreted Schefter’s report back to imply that they’ve), and it was recognized that they have been targets. Geragos stated on his podcast final week that McNair would be the first one to be questioned on account of his “inmates running the prison” comment (which suggests institutional collusion, not the unbiased operation of 32 totally different companies), and Geragos stated on the PFT PM podcast that Kraft and President Trump flew collectively the day earlier than President Trump advised a crowd in Kentucky that the house owners concern an “angry tweet” from the Commander-in-Chief if they offer Kaepernick a job.
As to Jones, he’s been on the forefront of the “make them stand” motion. He additionally lacks a veteran backup to Dak Prescott, and Kaepernick would have made loads of sense, on condition that he and Prescott have related abilities and talents. Ditto for Kaepernick and Deshaun Watson, which implies that McNair will likely be addressing not solely his “inmates” comment however his failure to pursue Kaepernick.
Geragos has stated on a number of events that this all may go away rapidly, if some NFL group merely have been to provide Kaepernick a job. But it continues to be clear that the one group that will be serious about Kaepernick performs in Seattle, and that they’d need him provided that Russell Wilson suffers a season-ending damage. As to the opposite 31 groups, the possibilities of Kaepernick getting a job stay someplace south of slim and none.