NFL reaches deal with players on national anthem protest fallout USA News Al Jazeera


NFL reaches deal with players on national anthem protest fallout USA News Al Jazeera Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid had accused the NFL of conspiring to blackball them over their anti racism protests. The leading American football league and lawyers for players have reached a settlement after a drawn out legal process stemming from the that the league blackballed them for refusing to stand during the national anthem.  In a three sentence statement released on Friday, the National Football League NFL said “the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances”.  “The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party,” the statement added.  Kaepernicks lawyer tweeted an identical statement, and no details were made available. Kaepernick and Reid filed collusion grievances against the league, saying they were blacklisted because of protests during the national anthem at games. Kaepernick has not played in the league since 2016, while Reid missed three games last season before signing with Carolina. Kaepernick contended the owners violated their collective bargaining agreement with players by conspiring to keep him off teams. A wave of protests by NFL players began in 2016 after Kaepernick to call attention to police brutality and racial inequity. The protests were galvanised by the civil rights movement and grew into one of the most polarising issues in sports. As the protests swelled, right wing President Donald Trump loudly urged the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during “The Star Spangled Banner”. Kaepernick filed his grievance in August 2017. Arbitrator Stephen B Burbank sent it to trial, denying the leagues request to throw out the former 49ers quarterbacks claims. Burbanks decision meant there was enough evidence of collusion to keep the grievances going. While he has been away from the playing field, Kaepernick has become an advocate for battling social and racial injustice.  On Thursday, a person with knowledge of the conversations told the AP news agency that Kaepernick turned down a chance to join the fledgling Alliance of American Football, seeking dollar 20m or more from the upstart league that pays its players dollar 225,000 over three seasons. Safety Reid recently re signed with the Panthers for three years and more than dollar 22m. He noted then that he got “fair market value” after making just dollar 1.69m last season from the Panthers. “If anything, it proves my point from last year,” Reid said. “I didnt sign until the fourth week and did for almost the league minimum. And this year I signed a more substantial contract. And nothing has changed. Im still the same player.” Officials with the players union said Friday afternoon that they had just learned of the settlement and had no details. “We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them,” the NFLPA said in statement. “We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.”

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