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    Kaepernick’s lawyers want to question Goodell’s wife
    Posted by Mike Florio on February 13, 2018, 5:05 PM EST


    After weeks of silence regarding the pending grievance filed by unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick against the NFL, someone is talking a blue streak now, Jack.
    Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports has a list of witnesses Camp Kaepernick wants to question under oath. One will raise eyebrows: Jane Skinner. Also known as Jane Goodell. Also known as Mrs. Roger Goodell.

    Mrs. Goodell’s name was added to the list this week, per Robinson. The development comes after a review of text messages, emails, and phone records produced by the NFL to Kaepernick’s lawyers.

    The Commissioner’s wife created headlines in October, when she admitted that she had been using a Twitter account to support her husband against criticism. It’s unknown what specifically has caused Kaepernick’s lawyers to believe she may have knowledge relevant to the question of whether NFL owners colluded to keep Kaepernick out of the league for his role in the commencement of anthem protests in 2016.

    According to Robinson, the list also includes Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Texans owner Bob McNair, Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome, Seahawks G.M. John Schneider, NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent, and NFL senior V.P. of player engagement Arthur McAfee.

    The Ravens and Seahawks were the two teams that considered signing Kaepernick in 2017. Jones had publicly taken a hard line regarding players not standing during the national anthem, Kraft counts President Donald Trump as a friend (owners allegedly feared being called out by Trump if they sign Kaepernick), and McNair notoriously proclaimed that the NFL “can’t have the inmates running the prison” during an October meeting regarding the anthem issue.

    The NFL has declined comment on this issue, pointing PFT to Article 15, Section 10 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement: “Unless the parties agree otherwise, proceedings before the System Arbitrator and Appeals Panel, other than their decisions, shall be confidential, and may not be disclosed to persons other than counsel, senior executives of the NFL and any involved Club, senior executives of the NFLPA, the NFLPA Executive Committee, NFLPA Player Representatives, and any involved player(s), player agent(s), or Club or League personnel. The foregoing does not prejudice the right of any party to seek any additional confidentiality restrictions (including as to the decision) from the System Arbitrator or Appeals Panel, if such party demonstrates just cause.”
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    Kaepernick’s lawyers want to question Papa John, too
    Posted by Mike Florio on February 13, 2018, 5:41 PM EST


    We may finally get a glimpse of John Schnatter in something other than a bright red shirt.

    The former CEO of Papa John’s, who stepped down late last year due in part (we’re told) to his misguided effort to blame reduced earnings on the NFL, will be getting a ticket to the Colin Kaepernick Collusion Party. Kaepernick’s lawyers want to take the deposition of Schnatter, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

    Some believe that Schnatter publicly chastised the NFL at the urging of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who disagreed with the league office’s handling of player protests during the national anthem (and who was trying to block Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension). Jones has an ownership interest in more than 100 Papa John’s stores.

    Although some within the NFL may actually be intrigued by what Schnatter would say about the situation under oath, there’s a fundamental problem for both Kaepernick and the league: The arbitrator who will resolve the grievance has no jurisdiction over Schnatter.

    He can’t be forced to testify, and there’s no reason why he would want to testify — unless he’s bitter about what happened and now wants to create trouble for the NFL. (If that’s the case, Kaepernick’s lawyers shouldn’t be taking his deposition prior to the grievance; they should be preparing him to show up and testify as part of Kaepernick’s case-in-chief.)

    Thus, fascinating as it may be to hear the pizza man get grilled about his effort to cook the NFL’s goose, chances are that the grievance will proceed without Schnatter’s testimony being one of the better ingredients.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boozeman View Post
    He is doing this to himself, and teams are choosing to opt out of the bad look.
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    Seattle is a left-wing city and a "woke" team. Surprised they issued that ultimatum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbgun View Post
    Seattle is a left-wing city and a "woke" team. Surprised they issued that ultimatum.
    It is surprising to me that anyone cares if he kneels or not. It doesn't affect you, it isn't disrespecting anyone, and it simply is silly to get all bent out of shape about it.


    I'd love for him to play in Dallas just to watch some guys here lose their minds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2233boys View Post
    It is surprising to me that anyone cares if he kneels or not. It doesn't affect you, it isn't disrespecting anyone, and it simply is silly to get all bent out of shape about it.


    I'd love for him to play in Dallas just to watch some guys here lose their minds.
    When white Murca and their lord and savior, Trump says something is disrespectful, by god, it is!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2233boys View Post
    It is surprising to me that anyone cares if he kneels or not. It doesn't affect you, it isn't disrespecting anyone, and it simply is silly to get all bent out of shape about it.


    I'd love for him to play in Dallas just to watch some guys here lose their minds.
    Normal people don't like being told they live in an irredeemably racist country, and the players have yet to make the connection between the flag/anthem and sporadic instances of police brutality. You wanna protest? Head down to your local police station and start a dialogue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BipolarFan View Post
    When white Murca and their lord and savior, Trump says something is disrespectful, by god, it is!!
    Has nothing to do with Trump.
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