NFL Sickeningly Settles Lawsuit With Kaepernick…His Payout Is Absolutely Insulting!
There are some people that might be big deals at a company that just create a toxic work environment that would make a business owner choose between the employee and potentially their business itself.
It’s one of those things that reminds you that its not just ability but also a positive attitude hat are required.
Colin Kapernick is not someone with a positive attitude. If he worked in an office where they had a breakfast station in the lobby he would probably complain that they don’t have his favorite cereal or something.
Every NFL team owner knows that the guy carries around with him nothing but bad publicity. He couldn’t get hired not from his playing ability but because of the fact that dealing with him would be too much of a pain in the neck.
So what did Colin do? He sued.
Friday was payday for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, a defensive back for the Carolina Panthers.
The two filed separate collusion grievances against the NFL, and the league opted to settle with both of them, according to ESPN.
The players alleged that because Kaepernick started the NFL’s national anthem kneeling epidemic in 2016 and Reid, who was also a 49er at the time, was among the first to join him, that they were targeted unjustly by owners who wanted to keep them out of the league.
“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the players’ attorney Mark Geragos and the NFL said a joint statement issued Friday, according to ESPN. “As a result of those discussions, 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 exact figures are still unclear on how much each player received. However, Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman reported Kaepernick’s settlement is somewhere in the $60 million to $80 million range.
Ultimately, the whole thing is ridiculous. Neither player deserves lawsuit money from the NFL when they hurt the league’s bottom line.
There is no doubt the national anthem kneeling controversy started by Kaepernick harmed the NFL. During the 2016 and 2017 NFL seasons, the league’s TV ratings dropped by more than 17 percentage points. Both a UBS poll and JD Power poll confirmed the top reason for this ratings decline was the anthem controversy (although not the sole cause). This ratings drop resulted in around $500 million in lost revenue for the NFL’s TV partners, according to Clay Travis of Fox Sports.