(SL) – Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing the 32 owners of collusion, according to multiple reports on Sunday.
Kaepernick has remained unemployed through the first six weeks of the NFL season, even when injuries to other quarterbacks created job openings. He retained attorney Mark Geragos to represent him.
The 29-year-old quarterback said his agent reached out to all 32 teams to make sure they were aware of his interest in playing this season. He opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in the offseason.
Kaepernick has been a controversial figure since he first sat and then knelt during the national anthem before games with the 49ers in the 2016 season. The move was the beginning of what turned into league-wide protests earlier this season after President Donald Trump made critical comments of players who don’t stand for the national anthem.
Kaepernick is claiming the owners violated terms of the collective bargaining agreement, specifically a clause that prohibits teams from acting together in regards to a player’s employments status.
“No Club, its employees or agents shall enter into any agreement, express or implied, with the NFL or any other Club, its employees or agents to restrict or limit individual Club decision-making,” the CBA states, adding that the clause applies to “whether to
negotiate or not to negotiate with any player” and “whether to offer or not to offer a Player Contract to any player.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has stated on multiple occasions this season that Kaepernick is not being blackballed.