The NFL Can’t Keep Its Story Straight About Why Kaep’s Not On A Roster

    Whats the safest way to avoid culpability in a Colin Kaepernick collusion case after months of saying Kaepernick wasn’t lit enough to start in the NFL? 

    Just set a new narrative that he was too good to be signed as a backup, therefore he wasnt colluded against, its just that owners had too much respect for his skills to regulate him to back up status. 

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    How thoughtful of them. How fake and phony is this collusion case?  The owners concern for Kaepernick’s rep didnt help the blackballed QB pay his bills, feed his family or gain a possible entrance back onto the field. It also doesn’t disprove the fact that owners purposely kept him out of the league in order to kill the momentum of the anthem protests by cutting off the head of the movement. 

    Back in October, Kaep filed a grievance against the NFL, claiming the owners colluded to keep him out of the league. We have heard all of the lies and shaky excuses, including he’s just not good enough. 

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    The No. 1 reason Colin Kaepernick is unsigned: He’s not considered a starting-caliber player by any NFL evaluator anymore. Work from there.

    We firmly believe that Kaepernick, who remains an unsigned free agent, is being kept out of the NFL because he initiated kneeling for the anthem as a way of bringing attention to social injustice, police brutality and oppression in this country. His brave actions triggered a positive response and a contagious consciousness by athletes of color across the sports spectrum and received negative backlash from corporate big wigs, team owners and those racists cloaked as patriots. 

    According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, internal team documents show that “teams viewed Kaepernick as being good enough not simply to be employed by an NFL team, but to be a starting quarterback for an NFL team.”

    This information has been unearthed as part of the quarterback’s collusion grievance against the NFL, including from documents and witness testimony during depositions. Kaepernick and his legal team will still need to prove there was a coordinated effort to keep him out of the league, but it appears teams at least thought he was good enough to have a job, which doesn’t make anything easier to understand and certainly doesn’t strengthen the league’s case. 

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    I doubt the NFL will be found guilty of collusion by courts that the government and big business have in their back pockets on this issue. That would just compound the problem and prove Kaepernick right. God forbid. 

    The courts are not going to set that precedent of give people of color that satisfaction. Players are seen as inmates in a prisonand that much we know. Owners seem to have their stories together as it concerns the blackballing of Kaepernick, who posted a respectable 90.7 quarterback rating in the last 12 games he played as a starting  NFL quarterback. Allowing him back into the league is something that they are staunchly against and will go down lying to avoid. 

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.