The National Football League (NFL) has taken another hit. Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco quarterback, who started all this unpatriotic kneeling when the national anthem is played before games, has filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging collusion.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with San Francisco, became a free agent, but no other team wanted him. He has had injuries and his on-the-field performance was poor.
In his grievance, he alleges there was collusion among the other teams not to offer him a contract.
Other players have followed his kneeling act as a protest over black men being shot by white policemen. Americans, generally, have found fault with the kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, and have called it disrespectful. Military veterans have voiced disapproval of the kneeling. Some VFW and American Legion posts have said they will not allow the pro games to be shown on television in their buildings for certain periods.
With attendance suffering and television audiences shrinking, the NFL is worried and plans soon to take a stand on the kneeling by players during the playing of the national anthem.
President Donald Trump said the protesting players should be fired.
The NFL players’ union said it would support the grievance, which was filed through the arbitration system that’s part of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
One result of this matter is that Kaepernick’s playing career appears to be over. No team wants a disruptive player on the field or on the bench. The other teams have a strong defense in not hiring him in that his on-the-field performance has been weak. Even if his grievance is upheld, it would be wrong to force a team to sign him.
Kaepernick had a right to protest and a team has the right to not sign him to a contract.