Kaepernick receives warm reception at U.S. Open

Mae Harvey
September 4, 2018

Colin Kaepernick and his legal team are driving inside NFL territory, forcing the league and its 32 teams to brace for a defensive stand.

Kaepernick's case recently took a step forward as an arbitrator refused the NFL's request to dismiss it.

The NFL had requested summary judgment by Burbank, which amounted to a request for him to dismiss the case.

What this victory for Kaepernick and his lawyer, Mark Geragos, essentially means is that the arbitrator determined there's ample evidence to proceed with the case.

Despite leading the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013, Kaepernick has not been signed to a team since he became a free agent in 2017.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said that teams have made their own individual decisions about Kaepernick based on his playing ability.

Serena Williams said every athlete "should be completely grateful and honored" for the protests started by former National Football League players Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid.

Now some owners, coaches and team executives will be called to testify during the season, a situation the league hoped to avoid.

He initiated the "take a knee" anthem protests in 2016 that swept the National Football League, and have provoked fierce debate in the U.S., including criticism from President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, the league and players union still haven't resolved whether players will be punished this season if they choose to kneel or demonstrate during the national anthem. Many owners have even ignored the NFL's attempts at stopping players from kneeling by threatening them with fines and said that they'll pay player fines whenever they kneel.

In October of a year ago, Kaepernick, who is now 30, filed a grievance against the NFL charging that owners conspired to shut him out of the league in retaliation for the protests.

She and her sister are minority owners of the Miami Dolphins.

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