The legal team of Colin Kaepernick, who began the players’ protests during the National Anthem, is expected to seek federal subpoenas to force President Trump to testify in the former quarterback’s collusion case against the NFL, according to a report on Thursday.
The lawyers want to grill Trump, Vice President Pence and other officials knowledgeable about the president’s stand against NFL players who take a knee during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner,” Yahoo Sports reported.
The lawyers for Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, want to examine the Trump administration’s involvement with the NFL during Kaepernick’s free agency and how the league handled the player protests last season, the website reported.
Trump had spoken to some NFL owners about the protests, and the attorneys want to know if he exerted any pressure on them.
Kaepernick refused to stand for the playing of the National Anthem during a preseason game with the Green Bay Packers in August 2016 to protest racial injustice.
He filed a grievance against the NFL last October, claiming the 32 NFL teams were colluding to keep him out of the league.
“The owners of respondent NFL teams have been quoted describing their communications with President Trump, who has been an organizing force in the collusion among team owners in their conduct towards Mr. Kaepernick and other NFL player,” the claim says. “Owners have described the Trump administration as causing paradigm shifts in their views toward NFL players.”
Trump lashed out at players taking a knee during the anthem in a September 2017 speech in which he called for team owners to punish protesting athletes.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’”
The NFL last month approved a new policy that demands all players on the field stand during the anthem or stay in the locker room. Teams would be fined if players disobey the rules.
Trump canceled a White House ceremony to celebrate the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory this week after he said the players “disagree with their president because he insists that they proudly stand for the national anthem.”
No Eagles players took a knee during the season.
Few of the Eagles players had agreed to attend.
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