Colin Kaepernick Case: Texans, Packers Head Coaches To Be Deposed

Hope Soto
November 9, 2017

As a coalition of players hopes to meet with the league and selected owners in an effort to solve the anthem controversy once and for all, the NFL has declined to conduct the meeting with the involvement of a mediator.

According to Kaepernick's attorney, the free agent quarterback accepted the invitation to participate in the meeting. According to Geragos, they responded to the NFL's invitation, but when they requested that a mediator attend the meeting, the National Football League rejected their proposal.

Not only have Kaepernick and Goodell not met one-on-one, but they can't even agree on the details of the invitation to do so. Kaepernick, who protested racial injustice a year ago by sitting through the national anthem, has yet to be signed by a team this season and filed a collusion grievance against the NFL owners last month. A mediator also would ensure that the discussions were productive and confidential and not used as a PR stunt or prop by the league.

Geragos said Kaepernick responded immediately that he was in.

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Notes Yahoo Sports: "The back and forth between Kaepernick's camp and the NFL has provided a window into the frustration that is developing between the league and players in recent weeks".

Lockhart, however, called Geragos' claim "disingenuous". "The question of, 'Has [Colin] been invited in?' the answer is yes", Lockhart responded.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy could be deposed or put on the witness stand as part of the Colin Kaepernick grievance case, a report published Tuesday said.

As the story was reported yesterday, league spokesman Joe Lockhart had confirmed the offer but insisted that Kaepernick had not gotten back to them as to whether or not he would accept the offer. "We need to play better as a football team". It would make sense to have these communications occur in a process that has the layer of formality that the presence of a mediator would provide. The request was sent to Troy Vincent, the league's head of football operations who has been a point person with several individual players who have been protesting and engaging with owners.

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