Some of the NFL’s most powerful owners will be at the center of Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case.
The Cowboys’ Jerry Jones, the Patriots’ Robert Kraft and the Texans’ Bob McNair will be deposed and asked to turn over all cellphone records and emails in relation to Kaepernick’s accusation, ESPN.com reported. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and 49ers owner Jed York is also on the deposition list, according to Yahoo Sports.
Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch are also on the discovery list, according to Yahoo Sports.
The 49ers quarterback-turned-NFL martyr is charging that NFL teams, in “calculated coordination” with President Trump, blackballed him from the league after he became the face of the NFL anthem protests, which he started to fight against racial inequality.
Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract this offseason and has yet to get significant interest from teams, despite being more talented and having a better track record than a handful of the starters in the league, let along the backups.
Each of the owners in the report has unique ties to the controversy.
Kraft is a longtime ally of Trump’s and gave the president a Super Bowl ring after last season’s triumph.
Jones knelt with Cowboys players before the anthem in Week 3 after Trump implored owners to cut any “son of a b—h” who takes a knee. But later, Jones said if his players did not stand for the anthem, they would not play in the game.
McNair became the enemy of his own Texans players when he commented at a recent owners’ meeting that the league can’t have “inmates running the prison.” Players considered boycotting, then decided to take a knee, before their loss to the Seahawks.
SOURCE: Justin Terranova
New York Post