Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against NFL owners is be taken to the next level as two head coaches will now be deposed in the case.
Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien and Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy are the two. Both quarterbacks have seen their starters go down with injury and have been asked multiple times about the possibility of signing the former 49ers quarterback.
Both have decided to go in different directions, signing quarterbacks with far less talent than Kaepernick.
For that reason, they have been deposed as part of the Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL, according to Amy Dash:
“If Kaepernick’s grievance proceeds, the coaches will likely be grilled on their justifications for not hiring Kaepernick as well as their subsequent hiring decisions. Bill O’Brien who publicly said Kaepernick is a “good football player” but went on to express concern over him because he “hasn’t played football in a while,” went on to hire Josh Johnson today, who hasn’t attempted a pass since 2011. According to USA Today, Kaepernick has attempted 1,687 passes since Johnson’s last attempt.
Kaepernick’s attorneys plan to question O’Brien on the seemingly contradictory statements and hiring practices to illustrate that something is amiss in the free market. They will try to prove that “something” is collusion. As I mentioned in a previous article, Kaepernick can win his case if his attorneys either find a smoking gun email or text OR if they can prove implied collusion.
Implied collusion exists if there is proof of a gentleman’s agreement (a wink and a nod understanding among two or more owners and coaches not to hire Kaepernick). Kaepernick’s team will confront owners and coaches with their public justifications for not hiring Kaepernick and butt them up against proof of their hiring practices to show contradictions.
McCarthy from the GB Packers, chose to use backup QB Brett Hundley in Star QB Aaron Rodgers place after a collarbone injury. McCarthy who was seemingly angered by a reporter’s question about the possibility of hiring Kaepernick has been outspoken about his support for standing for the National Anthem and even gives players a lesson on the meaning and importance of the tradition. His recent outburst when asked about Kaepernick, could be used as evidence in the grievance case.”
Earlier this week, O’Brien admitted that his team had discussed the possibility of signing Kaepernick but claimed the length of Kaepernick’s absence from the field is playing a role in why Kaepernick hasn’t been signed by the Texans.
The team then signed QB Josh Johnson, who hasn’t thrown an NFL pass in the regular since 2011. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, on the other hand, had a very candid response when asked about the possibility of signing Kaepernick.
Kaepernick remains a free agent despite having the talent to be a starter in the NFL.