Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a date for his collusion hearing against the NFL, but he has a venue.
According to Jason La Canfora of cbssports.com, Kaepernick’s grievance against the league will be held in Philadelphia — the city of Brotherly Love. It is believed the hearing will be in early 2019 — just in time to compete for attention with the league’s postseason.
CBS Sports reported that the process is likely to take two weeks at an “upscale hotel” close to the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where arbitrator Stephen Burbank is a professor.
La Canfora also reported that preliminary negotiations aimed at a settlement collapsed almost before they were initiated.
Several NFL officials, including coaches and team executives have been deposed by Kaepernick’s legal team, including two — Seahawks owner Paul Allen and Texans owner Bob McNair — who have died since being deposed.
Kaepernick pioneered silent protests during the national anthem before NFL games as a means to raise awareness of social injustice. He kneeled down on the sideline during the anthem in 2016. The quarterback opted out of his 49ers contract after that season and has not been able to sign with another NFL team.
Supporters of the polarizing Kaepernick have taken to social media to pillory the Washington Redskins for bringing in linebacker Reuben Foster, whom the 49ers released last weekend after a domestic violence incident, and failing to consider Kaepernick as a replacement for injured starter Alex Smith.
Yo @Redskins you won’t give Colin Kaepernick a tryout but you’ll claim Reuben Foster?
Where’s the line in the Nation’s Capital?
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) November 27, 2018
So the #Redskins can claim Reuben Foster, a player who hits women (and can’t actually play bc he’s being investigated by the NFL), but won’t sign Kaepernick who can lead that team at a much more important position 🤔
— Sal Corso (@sal_corso) November 28, 2018
This the second domestic violence case that Reuben Foster has been in and the Redskins picked him up IMMEDIATELY. They also scooped up career bum Mark Sanchez once Alex Smith went down…but Colin Kaepernick…NOPE. 😂
— ™️Marcus (@TheMisterMarcus) November 28, 2018
Then again, what would you expect from a team that is comfortable with a mascot that Native Americans find demeaning.
Meanwhile, safety Eric Reid, who knelt alongside Kaepernick when they were teammates with the 49ers and joined his collusion grievance, has complained that the NFL is targeting him in its random drug testing protocol. He said he has been tested six times in eight weeks.