Colin Kaepernick. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Kaepernick filing grievance for collusion against NFL owners

Exiled quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed an official collusion complaint against NFL owners on Sunday morning.

For the case, Kaepernick enlisted the services of criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos. Geragos has represented other celebrities and high-profile clients such as Michael Jackson, Gary Condit, former first brother Roger Clinton, Winona Ryder, Nicole Ritchie and Chris Brown.

“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,” said Geragos in a statement. “… Protecting all athletes from such collusive conduct is what compelled Mr. Kaepernick to file his grievance.”

Kaepernick and Geragos now have to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that more than one team owner or executive actually had a discussion and plotted to keep him out of football.

Collusion also doesn’t require all 32 teams working together. As few as two individuals can collude against a player to trigger a legitimate antitrust infraction, according to legal experts.

If Kaepernick can prove so much as an email exchange or a text message or a phone call took place between just two people agreeing not to sign him, the CBA stipulates he could claim economic damages (likely the average contract QBs were getting from teams this offseason), as well as additional compensation equal to double whatever those lost wages calculate to.

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