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Last month, Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance that accused the owners of the NFL of coming together to keep him out of the league. The specific filing according to Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, stated owners “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”

Now, in result of the collusion grievance, notable NFL owners including Jerry Jones from the Dallas Cowboys, Bob McNair from the Houston Texans, and Robert Kraft from the New England Patriots will be deposed and asked to officially hand over their relevant cell phone records and emails. The list of owners being deposed goes on to include the San Francisco 49ers’ Jed York and the Seattle Seahawks’ Paul Allen, who were chosen based on the public statements they made about Kaepernick and the national anthem. It has not been made clear whether the court or the league have made the request for the records.


Colin Kaepernick also later stated that he filed his grievance after “pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”