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An agreement was made in the Colin Kaepernick collusion case, his attorney, Mark Geragos, announced on Twitter. Geragos didn’t include any details of the settlement, but did say there had been active dialogue between the two parties, leading to an agreement.
No one knows for sure, just how much Colin Kaepernick received as part of his collusion settlement with the NFL. However, if the latest reports are accurate, Kaepernick won’t have to worry about working in the NFL or anywhere else anytime soon.
According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, the NFL paid the former 49er and original anthem protester somewhere in the range of $60 to $80 million.
Kaepernick Attorney Mark Geragos released a statement shortly after news of the settlement broke. However, a confidentiality agreement between the NFL and Kaepernick’s legal team, prevented the disclosure of exact details:
For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.
The NFL Players Association released a statement acknowledging the settlement:
Today, we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases. 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. 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.
Kaepernick’s saga began in the preseason of 2016, when he refused to stand for the playing of the national anthem at preseason games. He told Steve Wyche of NFL Media:
I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder … This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. . . . If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.
Later that summer, Kaepernick expanded on his previous comments, saying:
There is police brutality — people of color have been targeted by police. That’s a large part of it. [The police] are government officials. They are put in place by the government so that’s something that the country has to change. There are things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher…You have people who practice law, lawyers, who go to school for 8 years, but you can be a cop in 6 months. You don’t have to do the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. I mean someone with a curling iron has more education and training than people who have a gun. That’s insane.
Also that summer, Kaepernick wore socks to practice that featured the image of a pig in a police officer’s hat. He stated, “I wore these socks in the past because the rogue cops that are allowed to hold positions in police departments, not only put the community in danger, but also put the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust.”
In November 2016, Kaepernick was booed in Miami after he had praised Cuban President Fidel Castro. During the 2016 season, in one game against the Chicago Bears in 2016 he became the first QB in league history to be sacked five times and throw for fewer than five yards in a game. In that game, he carried the ball six times for just 20 yards. In 2016, he started eleven games; he won exactly one.
By June 2017, after he had not found a job in the NFL, Kaepernick was comparing police officers to fugitive slave patrols. In August 2017, some executives around the NFL told ESPN the polarizing nature of Kaepernick was too much trouble; one executive said that teams were worried Kaepernick would put his political agenda above the team. He added, “As a team builder, I cannot risk that happening again, especially for a borderline starter who needs the entire offense catered to his style.”
In October 2017, Kaepernick filed a grievance claiming all 32 NFL teams conspired to keep him off the field. The complaint accused NFL owners, saying they “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”
Later that month, Random House imprint One World forked over $1 million for a book by Kaepernick, according to the New York Post’s Page Six. In the summer of 2018, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported that Kaepernick and Nike agreed to a new contract; Robinson reported that Kaepernick signed a “star” contract that put him level with a “top-end NFL player” worth millions per year plus royalties.