NFLPA invites Colin Kaepernick to next meeting with league owners

NFLPA invites Colin Kaepernick to next meeting with league owners

The league has surrendered to the players so thoroughly, that they must realize the ultimate capitulation for the NFL can't merely amount to Kaepernick attending a meeting. This time around, the NFL has been notified that Kaepernick has been invited to join the meeting, despite it coming in the midst of his grievance against the league for allegedly conspiring to freeze him out of a job. The NFL now says they expect Kaepernick to be invited to the next meeting.

Kaepernick was invited to last week's gathering in NY by the players coalition but has not yet attended any of the recent meetings with the league.

When two dozen NFL representatives and players met last week to discuss the issues behind a league-wide protest during the national anthem, it was odd that the guy who started the movement wasn't involved.

Kaepernick reportedly said he would stand during the anthem if he got a chance to play in 2017. Perhaps a book would fill in the blanks about why thinks he remains unsigned, balancing football with his work as a prominent figure fighting for social justice and the battles he faces as one of the most polarizing athletes of a generation.

The NFL Players Association also did not have any such confirmation. Lockhart added the invitation was extended by the players and not the league.

Kaepernick's campaign began a year ago, but reached a fever pitch when President Trump weighed in recently on Twitter.

"We believe that our players should stand for the national anthem", Goodell said last week. It was not clear if the former quarterback would attend the meeting.

There was backlash among the league due to Kaepernick's absence in the past. The president has spoken both directly and indirectly about Kaepernick on a number of occasions already, most notably making a thinly veiled reference to him as a kneeling "son of a bitch" in a speech in September.

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