ATLANTA (92.9 The Game) — The NFL and representatives for Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have reached a settlement to their collusion case, the two sides announced in a joint statement Friday afternoon.
The grievances, which were filed in October 2017, alleged that the unemployment of Kaepernick and Reid was due to the NFL colluding against the two men for protesting during the national anthem.
Financial terms for the settlement were not immediately known. The Associated Press reported the settlement could have climbed into the tens of millions, considering the lost salary both players claimed and legal costs. A confidentiality agreement was part of the settlement.
Is this proof that Kaepernick really had something on the league?
“For the NFL to settle screams that something was going on here,” Carl Dukes said on “Dukes and Bell” on Friday. “(Kaepernick’s) representatives have said that the only way they would withdraw the grievance is for a lucrative settlement. You can say this means nothing, but to me, it means everything. There’s no way you settle if you’re the NFL, if there was nothing to it.”
Mike Bell said he wants to hear from Kaepernick on where he stands now that his collusion case has been settled.
“Someone will leak this eventually, and I can’t wait for it to come out,” Bell said. “The NFL obviously spent some money for Kaepernick to go away. This became a major story, and I would love to have a sit down with Colin Kaepernick to know where he stands on everything.”
Kaepernick, 31, last played in the NFL during the 2016 season as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. He first took a knee during the national anthem in an August preseason game that year, protesting issues like police brutality and racial inequality. He has not played in the league the last two seasons.
Reid also joined Kaepernick, then his teammate with the 49ers, in protesting. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers last season, playing 13 games. The team recently signed Reid to a new three-year deal.
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