The new move intends to explore NFL owners' ties with Trump, the source said, adding that several owners, as well as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, have already been deposed in the case. "If the arbitrator rules the testimony would be justifiable, that would open the door for Kaepernick's attorneys to seek the subpoenas in a district court under the Federal Arbitration Act".
Once a top-tier quarterback, in 2016 Kaepernick set off a national debate when he began protesting racial injustice in the U.S. by kneeling during the national anthem.
Given Trump's repeated attacks on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, and, per Robinson, "recent disclosures that multiple owners had direct talks with Trump about players kneeling during the national anthem", Kaepernick will seek Trump's testimony on his administration's political involvement in NFL organizations' hiring decisions and reactions to player activism.
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Once briefing on this new development begins, we will have much more to say both there and here. The US Department of Justice declined to comment on the case when contacted by Middle East Eye.
58 percent of American voters don't think players who protest racial injustice by kneeling during the anthem are unpatriotic.
That policy, announced by league officials last month, also gives players the option to remain in their locker rooms during the anthem. Or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Trump continued, "Maybe you shouldn't be in the country".
According to The Hill, Kaepernick's grievance, filed a year ago, stated Trump and Pence "engaged in various public relations stunts created to retaliate against Mr. Kaepernick and other players that have joined in Kaepernick's peaceful protest". The athlete has accused NFL team owners of conspiring with one another to keep the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback from being signed to a team again, ending his football career.
Lawyers for Kaepernick and Reid are prepared to argue that Trump and Pence's rhetoric in their official capacities have shaped the league's position on the matter, while neither player has a contract to play in the 2018-2019 NFL season.