The legal team representing former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick is expected to seek subpoenas for President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and other officials who worked on the Trump campaign relating to the quarterback's collusion case against the NFL, reports CNN.
The requests are intended to shed light on connections between NFL owners and Trump. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several NFL owners have already been deposed in the case.
Kaepernick initially stirred controversy in 2016 when he began kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem before NFL fames in which he was playing. His refusal to stand was a protest against police brutality and the mistreatment of black Americans. In 2017, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, entering free agency. No NFL signed him. In October of 2017, he filed a grievance against the NFL saying that teams had colluded to keep him unemployed in the league.
In 2017, Trump began speaking about the NFL kneeling controversy, using the issue to energize his voting base.
"It was reported that NFL owners don't want to pick him up because they don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump," said the president. "Do you believe that?"
Trump has repeatedly called the league out for continuing to allow players to kneel during the anthem. This week, he cancelled a visit to the White House by the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, saying that he was doing so because the team had kneeled during the anthem. No Eagle participated in the kneeling protests during the 2017-2018 NFL season. Later, White House officials acknowledged that the visit had been cancelled because they did not expect many Philadelphia players to attend.