Kaepernick collusion case against National Football League cleared to go to trial

Colin Kaepernick puts his fist in the air as fans applaud for him during the Serena and Venus Williams match

On Thursday, system arbitrator Stephen Burbank denied the league's request to dismiss the case, which means he found sufficient evidence for the case to continue and perhaps go to trial. That hearing is expected to take place this year. Kaepernick and Reid, both former San Francisco 49ers, drew a standing ovation from the audience when they were shown on the big screen sitting in the stands.

The Times says, "A hearing could begin by the end of the year, though the two sides could settle the case before then".

Former San Francisco 49ers players Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid made an appearance during the blockbuster match and received a standing ovation on Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY on Friday.

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Despite leading the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013, Kaepernick has not been signed to a team since he became a free agent in 2017. The 49ers have said they would have released Kaepernick, rather than keeping him under the existing terms of his contract, if he hadn't opted out of the deal. Kaepernick is seeking damages equal to what he would have earned if he were still playing in the league. Geragos and Kaepernick must prove that the league and teams acted in concert in violation of the CBA.

Several NFL owners, decision makers and coaches have been deposed in Kaepernick's case, including the Texans' Bob McNair, Cowboys' Jerry Jones, Broncos GM John Elway and Baltimore's John Harbaugh and Seattle's Pete Carroll, among others.

Meanwhile, the league and players union still haven't resolved whether players will be punished this season if they choose to kneel or demonstrate during the national anthem. The protests have been sharply criticized by President Donald Trump, fueling an intense national controversy.

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He accused the National Football League of "collusive conduct".

Kaepernick argues that league owners have violated the collective bargaining agreement with players by colluding to ensure he does not find a new team.

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