Not only are the NFL owners colluding against Colin Kaepernick, the embattled free agent quarterback’s lawyer claims, but they did so out of fear of President Donald Trump, who has seized upon the issue of players protesting during the national anthem.
According to Kaepernick’s attorney Mark Geragos, one of the 32 team owners testified under oath that he opted against signing the embattled quarterback after Trump began blasting the protests, which were started by Kaepernick in 2016 as a way to raise awareness about inequality and police brutality against minorities.
Kaepernick, 30, is suing the NFL, accusing the owners of colluding against him in retaliation for his role in starting the controversial protests. The former Super Bowl starter has been without a team since March of 2017, and as Geragos told CBS Sports Radio legal analyst Amy Dash on her ‘Straight Aim’ podcast, he believes the owners have shunned Kaepernick directly because of Trump.
‘The only reason – and the owners will admit that – they haven’t signed him is they’re afraid of Trump, and they’ve colluded because of Trump,’ Geragos said.
Geragos’s accusation comes as The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump warned Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones not to challenge him with regards to the controversy surrounding the national anthem.