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- Colin Kaepernick was reportedly invited to a one-on-one meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss protests during the national anthem and social issues. Kaepernick was also invited to attend meetings between the league and players over social activism and protests and a mediated session between the league and players. Kaepernick filed a grievance accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of the league over his national anthem protest.
Colin Kaepernick may have another chance to sit down with the NFL to discuss the polarizing protests over social injustice during the national anthem he started last season and social issues.
According to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, Kaepernick was invited by the NFL to have a one-on-one meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell.
According to ESPN, NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent invited Kaepernick on October 31 after updating him on ongoing discussions between players and the league on anthem protests and social activism. Kaepernick reportedly had not responded.
The invite is the third potential meeting between Kaepernick and the NFL. Players reportedly invited Kaepernick to a meeting between teams and the league to discuss social issues. It was reported at the time that Kaepernick would attend. On Tuesday, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said that the league would welcome Kaepernick at the meetings.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter also reported on Monday that players requested a mediation meeting with the league and Kaepernick to discuss the issues. The meeting would be more formal, and while not legally binding, could be overseen by a retired judge or independent lawyer. Kaepernick reportedly agreed to the meeting, while the NFL had reportedly not yet responded.
All of the proposed meetings come after Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of the league because of his protesting.
It was reported last week that some NFL owners would be asked to hand over cell phone and email records related to the collusion grievance.
Kaepernick has remained unsigned since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March. According to a report from CBS’s Jason La Canfora, Kaepernick has been working out daily in hopes of getting signed.