A proposed meeting Monday between the NFL and a group of players, meant to address issues underlying the ongoing protests during the national anthem, was canceled, but both sides are saying they want to “continue the dialogue.” Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick would simply like to be included in that dialogue.
Lawyers for Kaepernick said that he has not been included in correspondence between the league, a group called the Players Coalition and the NFL players’ union. That’s despite a statement Saturday from the Coalition stating that the former 49ers quarterback was invited to the Monday meeting, along with Commissioner Roger Goodell and Texans owner Bob McNair, whose “inmates running the prison” remark angered his and other players.
“We didn’t even know there was a meeting,” a lawyer for Kaepernick told SB Nation on Sunday. “The press release was the first time we heard of any invite.”
McNair made his “inmates” comment at a meeting earlier this month to which Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, a Coalition member, said Kaepernick had been invited. That also was news to Kapernick attorney Mark Geragos, who told Slate, “We specifically reached out to the [NFL Players Association] and to the Players Coalition, and we were verbatim told that Colin had no role.”
The NFL also had helped create an impression that Kaepernick was being offered chances to join the dialogue. “We look forward to him joining the conversation,” league spokesman Joe Lockhart said last week.
SOURCE: Des Bieler
The Washington Post