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Good for Kaepernick. There must have been some pretty strong evidence of collusion to actually win a case like that.

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51 minutes ago, Heimdallr said:

Good for Kaepernick. There must have been some pretty strong evidence of collusion to actually win a case like that.

Kaepernick didn't win the case. He settled. So did the NFL.

It was money well spent by the NFL to put the thing to bed. Billionaire owners don't have to deal with court subpoenas now and any potential fallout from what they might say.

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14 hours ago, Heimdallr said:

Good for Kaepernick. There must have been some pretty strong evidence of collusion to actually win a case like that.

If Kaepernick had strong evidence of collusion, he never would have settled. 

But at least we know that Kaepernick’s “convictions” have a price. It really sounds like he sacrificed a lot for what he believes in. 🙄

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1 hour ago, vikesfan89 said:

Kaepernick is making out like a bandit

not really. half of NFL qb's are making 20 mil a year, so that's pretty much what K's rate was figured at. plus, he's giving 1/3 of the settlement away for legal fees.

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1 hour ago, vike daddy said:

not really. half of NFL qb's are making 20 mil a year, so that's pretty much what K's rate was figured at. plus, he's giving 1/3 of the settlement away for legal fees.

Plus the Nike deal. He would have had to be a decent qb to make 20 million a year. He could have been on the right team but far from a guarantee

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On 2/16/2019 at 6:20 AM, SemperFeist said:

If Kaepernick had strong evidence of collusion, he never would have settled. 

But at least we know that Kaepernick’s “convictions” have a price. It really sounds like he sacrificed a lot for what he believes in. 🙄

As a USMC veteran, and a practicing civil litigation attorney, clients with good cases settle all of the time. First, nothing is a sure thing in a courtroom; less so in arbitration where there is not a jury and only a single person deciding the matter. Litigation is uncertain and stressful, takes a lot of time and inconvenience, and costs money. Settlement is very often a preferable outcome.  

Secondly, this was an employment dispute. The measure of damages, or being "made whole," was always going to be money. You're implying that he somehow "sold out." That's simply not the case. There's almost certainly nothing in the settlement that states he can't continue his activism and philanthropy, although there is probably a non-disparagement clause. So while he may not be badmouthing the NFL, he will continue to bring awareness to his causes. Who knows, we may see some new programs rolled out by the NFL as part of this settlement. By the way, no arbitrator, judge or jury could ever force the NFL to employ Kaepernick. So again, the outcome was always going to be monetary. 

Finally, he has sacrificed. He has people constantly questioning his motivations, his patriotism, his convictions and his decisions. He's been pilloried by the President, become a target for people who wouldn't mind seeing a return to the 1950's, and had his original intent distorted. I've seen and heard him referred to in terms that would make a sailor blush. He's been threatened. He's never going to be able to walk down the street without a good portion of the population thinking he's terrible. Should he have kids, they'll probably have to put up with the parents of their classmates saying terrible things about their father. His life has changed. He has sacrificed the comfort and adoration that comes with being an NFL player.

The NFL had far more to lose than Kaepernick. If there was no evidence of collusion, the NFL wouldn't have settled. They need good news in the press. Ray Rice, Kareem Hunt, Aaron Hernandez, CTE, bad officiating, Donald Trump, etc. If they thought for a second this would go well for them, they would have seen it through. They decided there was enough there that they wanted to make it go away. 

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