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National Football League Files Motion for Summary Judgment to End Colin Kaepernick's Collusion Case

By Michael Kusi
Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco quarterback and unrestricted free agent, is suing the National Football League (NFL, league) for collusion, alleging that the NFL willfully kept him from playing after his public national anthem protests before NFL games. The NFL filed a Motion for Summary Judgment with arbitrator Stephen Burbank, requesting him to examine the 14 depositions that Kaepernick's legal team had taken to determine where there is adequate evidence to support any finding. The NFL also cited Article 17, Subsection 5, which states that if the complainant's evidence was insufficient, the arbitrator may dismiss the claim.

In Kaepernick's collusion filing, the plaintiff argues that he was blackballed from the league because of his anthem protest. Kaepernick's proposed visit with the Seattle Seahawks was abruptly ended when Kaepernick would not say that he would stand for the anthem. The NFL owners had approved a new national anthem policy requiring players to stand for the anthem, or as an alternative, to be in the locker room during the anthem.

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