Colin Kaepernick settles collusion case with NFL


Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled their case with the NFL.
Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled their case with the NFL.

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Colin Kaepernick and his former teammate, Eric Reid, have reached a settlement in their suit against the NFL. 

The players sued the league in 2017, alleging it colluded to keep the players out of league in response to their protests — against police brutality and racial injustice — during the pre-game National Anthem, which drew the ire of President Donald Trump. 

Details of the settlement were not disclosed. In fact, it seems like we’re destined to know very little about the terms of the deal, unless they leak out at some point. The NFL issued a brief, three sentence joint statement on the matter.

For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.

Kaepernick and Reid both shared the statement from their personal Twitter accounts.

According to Vox, a settlement doesn’t force the NFL to sign either player to a team (Reid currently plays for the Panthers) but NFL Player Association rules could get Kaepernick a “financial award amounting to roughly double what he would have made if he had stayed in the league.”

LeBron James, who has long been a vocal supporter of Kaepernick, said he hoped the former NFL-er had gotten “a hell of a lot of money” from the league.

“I kneel with Kaep. I feel what he was talking about, nobody wanted to listen to. Nobody ever wanted to really actually understand where he was coming from. Anybody that would sacrifice their livelihood for the better of all of us, I could respect that,” James said. 

Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry also expressed his support, saying he had “so much respect” for Kaepernick and that his actions “will be even more memorable than anything he ever did on the field.” 

Kevin Durant also expressed his support. “I think it’s good for athletes to stand up for what they believe in,” he said, according to the Houston Chronicle

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