Commissioner Roger Goodell will soon be the target of Colin Kaepernicks legal team, which is set to depose the NFL chief later this month as part of the ex-49ers quarterbacks grievance against the league.
Goodell and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, whose team called off a workout this week with Kaepernick, will both be questioned later this month, according to the Washington Post.
Roger Goodell, left, and Colin Kaepernick (Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo (left); Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group) Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo (left); Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News GroupFirst up, however, Kaepernick himself will be deposed by the NFL on Tuesday in New York.
Kaepernicks attorneys are charging the NFL and its teams have colluded against employing him due to his social justice activism, including his controversial national anthem protest. After opting out of his 49ers contract at the end of the 2016 season, Kaepernick was a free agent throughout the 2017 season while a number of lesser talented quarterbacks got jobs in the league.
Carroll and Seattle GM John Schneider will be asked why they withdrew a workout offer to Kaepernick after he told the team he didnt plan on abandoning his support for social justice if he plays again. The Seahawks on Friday signed backup quarterback Stephen Morris, who went undrafted in 2014 and is now with his fifth NFL team without ever taking a snap in a game.
Carroll and Schneider will join the list of other NFL coaches and front office officials already deposed by Kaepernicks attorneys, including Ravens coach John Harbaugh and GM Ozzie newsome, Texans owner Bob McNair and Dolphins general manager Chris Grier.
There doesnt seem to be much optimism for a quick resolution to Kaepernicks grievance. Yahoo Sports reported the case may not be heard until 2019.