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- NFL owners will be asked to hand over cellphone records and emails related to Colin Kaepernick’s collusion complaint against the league, ESPN reported. Kaepernick filed a grievance in October accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of the NFL over the national-anthem protest he started last season. Owners were reportedly chosen based on public comments about Kaepernick or the anthem protests.
NFL owners will be asked to hand over cellphone records and emails related to the collusion grievance Colin Kaepernick filed against the league last month, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Friday.
According to Schefter, the owners being deposed include Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots, and Bob McNair of the Houston Texans, among others.
ABC News reported that Paul Allen of the Seattle Seahawks and Jed York of the San Francisco 49ers would also be deposed.
According to ABC News, owners were selected based on their public comments either on Kaepernick or on the protest the former 49ers quarterback started last year when he knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of the league because of his protesting. He hired the high-profile attorney Mark Geragos to represent him.
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.
Yahoo News reported in October that Kaepernick would attend the next meeting between NFL players and the league over the national-anthem protests. The report said players pressed him to do so because they viewed his voice as an important one in efforts to involve the league in social activism.