National Football League owners admit Trump swayed anthem discussion in Kaepernick depositions

Kaepernick sparked a nationwide protest movement after he took a knee during the national anthem to raise awareness of inequality and police brutality

Kaepernick sparked a nationwide protest movement after he took a knee during the national anthem to raise awareness of inequality and police brutality

San Francisco 49ers players Eli Harold (57), Eric Reid (35) and Marquise Goodwin (11) kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Houston Texans in Houston on December 10, 2017. Ross also acknowledged that he believed the protests were hurting the Dolphins financially, according to the Journal, and that he felt NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was influenced by Trump's comments.

Several NFL stars are reportedly considering not playing until Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid are signed by teams.

Kaepernick's legal team have conducted a series of depositions with various administrative figures within NFL organizations as part of their grievance against the NFL, filed last November, which suggests that NFL owners have colluded to keep the free agent from signing with a team.

His comments come just days after the league enacted a policy that it would fine players who did not stand on the field for the national anthem.


Kaepernick, of coursed, spurred a league-wide protest to raise awareness about racial inequality and police brutality when began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. If players do kneel or otherwise protest during the song, their respective teams will be fined.

The protests had already been raging for a year when President Trump ripped into players who protested and said he would love to see them get fired at a rally shortly after the season started last year. Colin Kaepernick, the player who started the protests still won't be on any National Football League field at all - unless some National Football League players get their way. "Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest".

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b***h off the field right now. Out!" Both McNair and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft expressed grave misgivings about Trump's anthem stance but were unwilling to defy the president.

Dash asked him if he had any evidence.

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