Unsigned quarterback Colin Kaepernick is making plans to potentially pursue a claim of collusion by NFL teams, accusing them of improperly conspiring to keep him out of the league, according to a person familiar with the deliberations.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers following last season. The team has said it would have released Kaepernick rather than retaining him under the terms of that deal. He has remained out of work, being passed over by teams in favor of other quarterbacks following a 2016 season in which Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem prior to games, as a protest of the treatment of African-Americans in the U.S.
The plan for Kaepernick to pursue a grievance under the sport’s collective bargaining agreement was first reported by Bleacher Report.
Kaepernick reportedly has hired an attorney, and it appeared Sunday that he was making plans to pursue the collusion claim independently from the NFL Players Association.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners have said since the offseason that Kaepernick was not, in their view, being blackballed from the league. They said that teams were making individual decisions about whether signing Kaepernick made sense for them.
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