Today started off as a relatively quiet day around the NFL with a marked drop-off in players kneeling during the national anthem. When Green Bay lost star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone, that emerged as a major story. Rodgers’ misfortune was soon eclipsed by news that cop-hating free agent Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging collusion.
It’s the first glimmer of hope for Kaepernick’s media apologists who have been complaining that teams are “blackballing” him because last year he kneeled during the national anthem. Numerous media reports credit Bleacher Report liberal Mike Freeman and CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora for breaking the story on Twitter:
ABC confirmed the grievance filing with Dean Schabner reporting:
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging the owners colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protests during the playing of the national anthem before games.
The grievance alleges the league’s owners “colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice.”
ABC reports that Kaepernick hired attorney Mark Geragos to represent him, instead of filing a grievance through the NFL Players Association. Citing ABC as the source, an unbylined story on ESPN.com reported:
Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is filing a grievance under the latest collective bargaining agreement against NFL owners for collusion, according to a court filing obtained by ABC News.
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ESPN.com also seems miffed that the NFL never reached out to Kaepernick to discuss social issues. But then why should the league discuss social issues with a non-player? This just shows the unreasonably exalted position the liberal sports media have afforded Kaepernick.
Mike Florio, an NFL reporter at NBC, and others are already lobbying for the Packers to sign Kaepernick to replace the injured Rodgers.
Business Insider’s Tyler Lauletta wrote that it looks grim for the NFL: “The lack of offers looks even more egregious because numerous teams have been in desperate need of a functioning quarterback. E.J. Manuel, Scott Tolzien, and Matt Cassel have all started games this season, and Brandon Weeden just signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans.
Mike Murphy, an editor with Market Watch, also alluded to “Suspicions of collusion against Kaepernick” emerging as team after team ignored him over the last several months.
Oddly enough, Washington Post writer Mark Maske offered some balanced reporting on the grievance. He wrote that Kaepernick’s attorney would have to prove that owners violated the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), “which prohibits teams from acting in concert to make decisions about a player’s employment or contract status. Legal experts call such cases difficult to prove. the CBA, the mere fact that a player is unsigned does not constitute evidence of collusion.” And the mere fact that teams fail to make offers to free agents does not satisfy the burden of proof of collusion.
The NFL has not officially commented on the grievance. Previously Commissioner Roger Goodell denied any blackballing of Kaepernick, saying each team makes its own player personnel decisions. La Canfora reported a week ago that Kaepernick is “not quitting” and is willing to prove himself worthy of an NFL roster spot.
It would be shocking if liberal media does not spend coming days cheerleading for Kaepernick and lend their brand of “objectivity” to his chances of prevailing in the grievance.
This post originally appeared on NewsBusters