NFL Players Union Statement on Kaepernick, Reid Settlement

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Colin Kaepernick acknowledging cheers after his 49ers beat the Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2016, the season he started kneeling during the pregame national anthem — and his last in the N.F.L. Credit USA Today Sports/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

Reprinted from The NFL Players Association by its staff on February 15, 2019.

[On Friday], we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases. We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel. 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 clubs did to them. 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.

NFLPA press release 2/15


Reprinted from The New York Times by Reuters on February 15, 2019.

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have decided to settle their collusion grievances with the NFL, according to a joint statement released by their attorneys and the league on Friday.

According to Yahoo Sports, the final hearing in the players’ joint collusion case against the NFL was scheduled for later this month. Yahoo added that sources previously said Kaepernick would withdraw his grievance only for a lucrative settlement.

Kaepernick filed his grievance in October 2017, alleging collusion by NFL owners to keep him out of the league. He remained unsigned as a free agent through the fall after opting out of a contract with the San Francisco 49ers that spring.

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Reid, who was the first teammate to join Kaepernick in 2016 with the 49ers by kneeling during the national anthem in protest, filed his own collusion case against the NFL in May 2018. It appears the two grievances were combined into a joint case, but it’s unclear when that occurred. Reid now plays for the Carolina Panthers. …

NY Times 2/15

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