Colin Kaepernick invited to next meeting between National Football League owners and players

Colin Kaepernick invited to next meeting between National Football League owners and players

Colin Kaepernick invited to next meeting between National Football League owners and players

In a conference call Wednesday with reporters, NFL executive vice president of communications Joe Lockhart said the league will meet again with players next week, and he expects the former 49ers quarterback will be invited.

According to Page Six, the progenitor of the "take-a-knee" protest movement has signed a publishing deal with Random House imprint One World worth a bit over $1 million. Many have attributed NFL teams' reluctance in signing him on his political activism and his protest of the national anthem. King has been a huge supporter of the national anthem protests and has met with Kaepernick several times. Because he didn't receive the formal invitation, it seems Kaepernick opted not to attend, though that is not certain. Kaepernick's lawyer, however, has said that the National Football League did not reached out with an invitation to last week's meeting in New York City.

Players, coaches and owners in the NFL have recently gained a lot of attention for kneeling, linking arms or refusing to be on the field during the national anthem.

The gesture prompted an angry response from President Trump who said players should be fired for not standing during the Star-Spangled Banner. "I expect he will be invited to this meeting", Lockhart said of Kaepernick, who began kneeling a year ago as a way to protest against racial injustice in the United States.

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Kaepernick, who filed a grievance against the NFL owners on October 15 alleging they colluded to keep him out of the league, hired lawyer Mark Geragos to represent him. It was not clear if the former quarterback would attend the meeting.

"We look forward to him joining the conversation with the NFLPA, the league and players coalition but I don't have any confirmation that he is planning to attend".

That will be a hard allegation to prove, unless team personnel left a trail of communications indicating collusion.

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