Reprinted from The New York Times by Ken Belson on August 30, 2018.
In a major blow to the N.F.L., an arbitrator has ruled that Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case can proceed because he has produced sufficient evidence that the league and its owners colluded to keep him off the field.
The ruling by Stephen Burbank, an arbitrator who was appointed by the league and the N.F.L. Players Association [also known as the players’ union], said lawyers for Kaepernick, a free-agent quarterback, had unearthed enough information in the past year for the case to proceed to a full hearing. After months of depositions and document searches, the lawyers will be able to question league officials, owners and others in a trial-like format.
The decision was revealed by Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s lawyer. …