Kaepernick cites ‘executive branch of government’ in filing new grievance against the NFL for collusion

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What team owner would want to bring THIS circus to town, alienating their coveted fan base?

In a move that smacks of a fishing expedition, unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance accusing NFL owners of colluding to keep him out of the league, which would violate the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the players union.

The filing comes as NFL owners are set to gather in New York this week for their fall meetings.

The radical left-wing player’s attorneys are seeking “expedited discovery including depositions and document production,” according to Yahoo Sports.

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Attorney Mark Geragos posted a statement Sunday on Twitter and he made a play to blame President Donald Trump for Kaepernick having Sunday’s off — the irony being he cites the president’s “political provocation” while defending his client’s political provocation.

“If the NFL (as well as all professional sports leagues) is to remain a meritocracy,” the lawyer said in the statement, “then principled and peaceful political protest — which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago — should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the executive branch of our government. Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation.”

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Having grown tired of seeing NFL players refusing to stand during the playing of the national anthem, a protest started by Kaepernick, Trump threw a proverbial grenade on the political theater while speaking at a rally in Alabama last month.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b*tch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’” he said.

And while controversial, the president managed to turn the argument.

(AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Trump also faulted the NFL for the allowing the protests to go on, telling Fox News’ Sean Hannity last week the league should have suspended Kaepernick when he first began kneeling.

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“The NFL should have suspended him for one game and he would have never done it again,” he told Hannity. “They could have then suspended him for two games and they could have suspended him again if he did it a third time, for the season, and you would never have had a problem.”

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