While football fans and labor experts ponder whether Colin Kaepernick found a smoking gun to bolster his collusion case against the National Football League, the still-unemployed quarterback is pointing to a central figure in the case: President Trump.
He added later: We know how important this is to our sponsors, our partners, our licensees. It’s important to us, also. We all share that.
The league’s game operations manual, sent by the league to teams, requires that players be on the sideline for the anthem and says they should stand for it. It leaves open the possibility of league-imposed discipline for a failure to be on the sideline for the anthem. There is no violation and no potential discipline mentioned for a failure to stand for the anthem.
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And it’s a right of free speech and a right to protest. That’s one of the things our forefathers fought and died for, and that continues to be a principle that’s very important to most of us.
For now, the union’s only recourse is still effective. A U.S. circuit judge in Texas last month ruled in Elliott’s favor. The NFL’s appeal got the case moved to New York, where a different judge gave Elliott — and, notably in this ruling, the Cowboys — another reprieve, while passing it on to yet another judge.
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That harsh appraisal will undergo more scrutiny in court in the next two weeks. As it does, Elliott will stay on the field.