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Report: Robert Kraft among owners to be deposed in Colin Kaepernick collusion suit

John Tomase
November 03, 2017 - 1:28 pm

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being dragged into the Colin Kaepernick mess.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Kraft is one of three owners who will be deposed and asked to turn over, "all cell phone records and emails in relation to the Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the NFL," per a league source. Schefter reports Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Texans owner Bob McNair are also named, but that other owners and league and team officials will also be deposed.

Kaepernick is pursuing a grievance through the CBA, alleging that the league colluded against signing him because of his political beliefs. Kaepernick incited a firestorm last season when he chose to kneel during the National Anthem as a means of protesting inequality and police brutality. He opted out of his contract in the offseason and hasn't played since. Outside of consideration from the Seahawks to sign him as a backup, he has drawn virtually zero interest.

What this has to do with Kraft is unclear, since the Patriots have never had a need for Kaepernick, including even this week, when they chose to sign backup Brian Hoyer, who has experience in their system, to replace Jimmy Garoppolo, who was traded to the 49ers, Kaepernick's former team.

Legal analysts have concluded that Kaepernick's case is a longshot, since proving collusion requires more than saying a particular team chose to bypass him because of his politics. Kaepernick and his attorneys must prove there was a coordinated effort by multiple teams to keep him on the sidelines.

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