Colin Kaepernick's collusion settlement with NFL shows blackball theory has validity

Alex Reimer
February 15, 2019 - 3:36 pm

Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL is settled, meaning the league is presumably paying Kaepernick a significant sum of cash to keep him from taking his grievance to trial.

This is a win for Kaepernick and proof there’s at least some validity to the argument that NFL teams are colluding to keep him from playing. If the league believed this was a case they could win, it’s unlikely they would’ve settled. Historically, bad publicity hasn’t stopped them pursuing litigation –– just look at how they’ve fought against the concussion settlement involving thousands of ex-players.

The NFL Players’ Association issued a statement about the settlement Friday. Eric Reid’s collusion case also won’t be going to trial. The star safety recently inked a three-year deal with the Panthers worth more than $22 million.

The settlement figure hasn’t been reported, but Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman says some league officials believe Kaepernick received between $60 and $80 million

Kaepernick filed his collusion case against the league in October 2017. He knelt during the national anthem during the 2016 campaign and hasn’t found work since the 49ers released him from his contract the following offseason. In August, an NFL arbiter agreed to provide a formal hearing for his claims. 

Kaepernick was reportedly offered an opportunity recently to play in the upstart AAF league, but asked for more than $20 million. 

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