This settlement comes over 16 months after the complaint was filed. The complaint claimed that the NFL teams were working together to keep Kaepernick out of a job and off any rosters in the NFL.
This was all due to the former football player’s silent kneeling protest against police brutality and the treatment of African Americans in the U.S.
Though the exact details of the settlement have been kept confidential, the general agreement was announced via Twitter by Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s lawyer.
“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the tweet read.”As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances.”
The NFL Player’s Association also released a statement regarding the situation.
“Today, we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases,” the statement read. “We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel.”
“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 statement continued.
The case was expected to go to trial this year, but now that the parties have reached a settlement that will not happen.
Back to the NFL?
In the NFL Player’s Association statement, it was announced that Reid had joined the roster of an NFL team.
“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,” the statement concluded.
Reid signed a three-year deal with the Carolina Panthers a few days before the collusion settlement. The deal is worth over $22 million.
At the time of signing, Reid believed that his contract would strengthen he and Kaepernick’s collusion case.
“If anything, it proves my point from last year. I didn’t sign until a [few weeks into] the regular season,” Reid told ESPN. “This year I signed a more substantial contract over the same time period. I’m the same player.”
Now that Reid is back with the Panthers, will Kaepernick also get to return to his beloved sport?
“He absolutely wants to play,” Geragos said to CNN after news of the settlement broke. “He wants to compete at the highest level.”
According to the lawyer, Kaepernick’s wait to play may be over soon.
“I think you’re going to see within the next two weeks that somebody is going to step up, somebody is going to do the right thing, and you want me to predict who?” he said.
As for which team Kaepernick might go to? Geragos has his money on the Panthers or the New England Patriots.
“I will tell you that besides the Panthers, it would not surprise me if [Patriots owner] Bob Kraft makes a move,” Geragos said.”
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