Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Arbitrator sides with Kaepernick, denies NFL's request to dismiss

Arbitrator sides with Kaepernick, denies NFL's request to dismiss

An arbitrator denied the NFL's request for a summary judgement in Colin Kaepernick's collusion complaint against the league, finding there is enough evidence to allow the case to go to trial.

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled in favor of Kaepernick and refused dismissal, which moves the case toward a hearing.

Kaepernick first sat during the anthem two years ago, and later chose to kneel as a way to protest police brutality and systemic racial inequality against minorities, spurring a series of similar protests from a handful of players across the league that continue today. The NFL declined a request for comment. The NFL had filed a motion to get the collusion case dismissed, which resulted in Kaepernick's team having to resubmit their depositions.

Kaepernick, 30, filed the collusion grievance against National Football League owners in October after going unsigned as a free agent through the fall of 2017 following his decision to opt out of a contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick was not picked up by another team after becoming a free agent amid the protest controversy.

Yahoo Sports reported in June that Kaepernick's legal team will attempt to subpoena President Trump and Vice President Pence as part of their case.

Kaepernick began a wave of protests by NFL players two seasons ago, kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

A similar grievance is still pending by unsigned safety Eric Reid, who played with Kaepernick in San Francisco and joined in the protests. It was a former Seahawks player and veteran, former U.S. Army Green Beret Nate Boyer who told Kaepernick it was more appropriate to take a knee.

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