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Breaking Angles: NFL, Reid and Kaepernick Settle Collusion Lawsuit

The lawsuit is over, but the fight is just beginning.

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Breaking Angles: NFL, Reid and Kaepernick Settle Collusion Lawsuit

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It has been over two years since Colin Kaepernick was employed by an NFL team. Despite leading the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII, Kaepernick hasn’t had an NFL QB job since the end of the 2016 season. And now we might never know if collusion was ever the reason.

What we do know is that Kaepernick, along with former 49ers teammate Eric Reid have settled their lawsuit with the NFL, ending a year-long legal battle.

The lawsuit, initiated by Kaep in November of 2017, came on the heels of his inability to sign with an NFL after the 2016 season. The ex-49ers QB claimed that the NFL and their owners colluded against him to keep him out of the league after his peaceful protests during the National Anthem gained attention and divided the nation.

Kaepernick began kneeling during the National Anthem in 2016, in response to the police brutality against minorities in the US. President #45 made this a galvanizing issue with his base during the 2016 Presidential race. 45 even wasted millions of tax payer dollars performing a publicity stunt with Vice President at a Colts game.

The Turf has covered this issue multiple times, and you can read those pieces here, here, here, and here.

The NFL put out a joint statement reading: “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.

Due to the confidentiality agreement, we might not know what the findings of the lawsuit were. All we have now are the whispers of doubt and guilt. The same ones that have swirled around this story during the year of litigation.

This may seem like the end, but it also feels like the beginning. The fight to get Kaepernick reinstated has begun, as Kaep’s fight for justice continues.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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