NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick might not have banked the major payday fans and supporters alike hoped he would receive from the league. New reports claim his recently settled collusion case secured him less than $10 million.
Despite the perception, fresh reports claim the Black Lives Matter activist and former teammate Eric Reid didn’t get the 10’s of millions media initially speculated.
Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, the NFL stars who alleged the league’s teams colluded to keep them off the field after they led protests during the national anthem, will receive less than $10 million to settle grievances with the league, according to people briefed on the deal. (Wall Street Journal)
Various media outlets speculated Kaep likely received well over $50 million in the NFL settlement.
The estimates that Kaepernick was due to get upwards of $100 million in the settlement were due to the fact that if the former 49ers quarterback had won his grievance, the league’s collective bargaining agreement stated he could get damages that tripled what an arbitrator determined he’d lost because of collusion by the owners, who the players said colluded to prevent them from finding new teams after kneeling or holding up a fist to protest racial inequality. (NY Post)
In February, NBA icon LeBron James said he hoped Colin banked a grip in the case.
The same week, reports emerged about Colin and the NFL reaching a deal.
Kaepernick and Reid had a joint collusion case against the league. Kaepernick, who filed his grievance in October 2017, alleged that the NFL was working to keep him out of the league after he began kneeling during the national anthem three years ago. Reid, who knelt with Kaepernick in San Francisco, had also been out of work until being signed by the Panthers during the 2018 season. Reid had also filed his own grievance against the league. The players’ complaint, which alleged violations of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, was headed to a full hearing before an arbitrator later in February. (Charlotte Observer)