According to a new report from Yahoo Sports, Colin Kaepernick’s lawyers are expected to seek federal subpoenas for both President Trump and Vice President Pence in Kaepernick’s collusion lawsuit against the NFL. This is an attempt to gain more information about the extent of the administration’s contact with league owners over the league’s national anthem protests.
Still an NFL free agent, Colin Kaepernick’s legal team argues that NFL owners colluded to keep him out of the league altogether.
Yahoo Sports reports that President Trump had spoken directly with some NFL owners about the protests, with sources telling the outlet that those conversations, and any pressure exerted on the NFL from Trump officials, would shape the subpoenas.
Last month, the NFL approved a new policy requiring players on the field stand during the national anthem or to remain in the locker room until the anthem is over. Just this week, Trump reignited this issue with attacks on the protesting players, even citing the protests in his announcement to cancel the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles’ White House visit and instead hold a brief “Celebration of America” event. For the record: no Eagles players kneeled during the anthem over the past season. None, despite Fox News’s reporting to the contrary.
Fox News has since recanted and apologized.
What did happen was that so many players declined Trump’s invite that the expected turnout among players was estimated at fewer than 10.
Eagles Safety, Malcom Jones, had a powerful response to media questions regarding Trump’s decision to cancel the event.
If only Donald Trump had the humility to grasp the legacy he’s going to leave behind.