Vegas- The NFL reached a deal with former San Francisco 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers’ Safety Eric Reid in Collusion case.
Both players filled a claim that argued NFL teams did not reach out to them due to the controversial stance of the silent protest. Here is a statement that the NFL sent in a press release. “Considering the lost salary both players claimed and legal costs, the settlement could have climbed into the tens of millions.”The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”
Kaepernick started the protest in 2016 during a preseason game in which he sat on the bench during the standing of the National Anthem. A lot of people, as well as media, asked him why he did not stand for the National Anthem and he simply spoke about what was going on in America if you were a person of color. He talked about how law enforcement was killing innocent victims, as well as the double standard of America.
For three years straight, he continued the silent protest, but instead of sitting on the bench he would kneel. Former Veteran Nate Boyer talked to Kaepernick in 2018 and wanted him to kneel to show honor and respect to the military. Over the course of three years, Kaepernick went from being a hero to a thug to some, while a lot of athletes supported Kaepernick and his protest.
Kaepernick is the face of change in the NFL and used his platform to encourage others to speak about issues in the world. Whether it was kneeling, speaking out, or throwing the “Black Power” fist in the air, other players, celebrities, and artists unified in what Kaepernick was doing.
The NFL Players Association issued a statement of support after the agreement was announced. “We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them,” the NFLPA said.
It concluded: “We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.”