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Kaepernick files grievance against NFL owners for collusion

PICTURED: Colin Kaepernick (Photo credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

COLIN KAEPERNICK has filed a lawsuit against NFL team owners he believes are conspiring not to hire him because of his protests against racial injustice, BBC Sport reports.

In a statement released on Sunday (Oct 15), Kaepernick's lawyers wrote: "We can confirm that this morning we filed a grievance under the CBA on behalf of Colin Kaepernick.

"This was done only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.

"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 theatre imitating weeks ago - should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment.

"Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation. Protecting all athletes from such collusive conduct is what compelled Mr Kaepernick to file his grievance.

"Colin Kaepernick's goal has always been, and remains, to simply be treated fairly by the league he performed at the highest level for and to return to the football playing field."

Kaepernick has been without a team since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017.

He first protested by sitting during the national anthem in August 2016, before opting to kneel instead.

Other players followed suit, and President Donald Trump has widely criticised the protests in a speech which took place in September.

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