Settlement talks between NFL, Kaepernick collapse, but they agree where grievance will be held

Former Kaepernick teammate Eric Reid, now with Carolina, complains he's being targeted in drug testing protocol

  • Former NFL football quarterback Colin Kaepernick applauds while seated on stage during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremonies, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Kaepernick is among eight recipients of Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medals in 2018. Harvard has awarded the medal since 2000 to people whose work has contributed to African and African-American culture.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Carolina Panthers’ Eric Reid (25) takes the field before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

  • From left to right, San Francisco 49ers’ Eli Harold (58), San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and San Francisco 49ers’ Eric Reid (35) kneel during the national anthem before their NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • A Nike Ad featuring American football quarterback Colin Kaepernick is on diplay September 8, 2018 in New York City. – Nike’s new ad campaign featuring Kaepernick, the American football player turned activist against police violence, takes a strong stance on a divisive issue which could score points with millennials but risks alienating conservative customers. The ads prompted immediate calls for Nike boycotts over Kaepernick, who has been castigated by US President Donald Trump and other conservatives over his kneeling protests during the playing of the US national anthem. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • GREEN BAY, WI – JANUARY 05: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) kneels in front of teammates during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game between the 49ers and the Carolina Panthers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Honoree Colin Kaepernick speaks onstage at ACLU SoCal Hosts Annual Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

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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.

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.

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