Three notable National Football League owners will have to turn over their cell phone calls and emails relating to former quarterback Colin Kaepernick as part of his grievance case against the league.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Texans owner Bob McNair will all be turning over the records as part of their depositions in the case, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. And it doesn't stop there -- apparently other NFL owners may also have to do the same.
The depositions are a result of Kaepernick's ongoing grievance against the NFL filed in October. The former 49ers player believes that the NFL has colluded not to sign him due to his social activism, specifically his decision to kneel during the national anthem before games last season. He believes that it is not his talent or performance level that has prevented his signing, instead, he believes it is because of the owners' concern over possible backlash from the public.
"If the NFL (as well as all professional sports leagues) is to remain a meritocracy then principled and peaceful political protest — which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago — should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the executive branch of our government. Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation," said Kaepernick attorney Mark Geragos in a statement.
Kaepernick, who entered the league in 2011, started 58 games in the NFL with a record of 28 - 30. He finished his last season in 2016 with a 1-10 record.
"I don't believe there's base to that claim that he's being blackballed," 49ers CEO Jed York told 7 News Boston regarding Kaepernick's claim.