AceShowbiz - It's been a little bit more than a year since Colin Kaepernick filed collusion grievance against NFL, alleging that the league and its owners worked together to keep him off the field in the wake of his racial injustice protest. Now, it has been reported that the case has been concluded with a confidential settlement.
Reps for NFL and attorneys for Kaepernick announced the news through a statement published on Friday, February 15. "For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL," the statement read. "As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is a subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party."
The NFLPA doubled down on the announcement with a statement of their own. "We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its club did to them," the statement said.
The organization went on explaining that Eric Raid, who joined Kaepernick in the protest, had gotten a new contract and joined a new NFL team. "We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well," the statement continued.
Kaepernick was blackballed by the NFL after he opted to kneel during the national anthem before a game as a way to protest racial inequality back in 2016. He then filed the grievance in October 2017, claiming that the league and its owners "have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick's leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States."