The National Football League and the legal representation for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick have agreed to a settlement, ending the allegations against the NFL. Kaepernick had claimed that the NFL had colluded to deny him a contract following his kneeling protest of the national anthem.
Kaepernick and his legal team had argued that Kaepernick was being “blackballed” by the league, expressing the the belief that Kaepernick would be offered contracts if he had not taken a knee during the national anthem. The settlement comes just weeks before the trial against the NFL was set to start. Although the NFL has denied any acts of collusion, the legal actions taken by the league seems to indicate that there was evidence of collusion.
The agreement agrees to pay Kaepernick a sum of money to end his case. The exact sum given to Kaepernick was not mentioned, and will likely not be leaked, as each party involved have agreed to a non-disclosure of details involving the case. Considering the career time missed by Kaepernick that the NFL will have to compensate for, the settlement sum for Kaepernick has been estimated to be in the ballpark of $15-$30 million. Kaepernick’s former teammate, Eric Reid, received a similar settlement, as he was also involved in the kneeing protests. Reid had made the same argument as his former teammate, but has since received a job offer in the NFL, unlike Kaepernick.
LeBron James took time to voice his opinion on the Kaepernick story developments, sounding off during an All-Star weekend interview. James voiced his support, stating “I stand with Kaep, I Kneel with Kaep”. On the topic of the settlement, James said that he hoped Kaepernick made “a hell of a lot of money”, as he spoke on the importance and influence that Kaepernick has had in the past two years.