NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick can finally exhale. The Black Lives Matter activist’s publicized war against the National Football League is now a thing of the past with a financial settlement going down.
According to reports, the NFL agreed to an undisclosed amount with Kaepernick and his former San Francisco 49ers teammate/supporter Eric Reid in a collusion case.
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)
Kaepernick even went to his social media pages to confirm the deal.
The headline-generating news has sparked a flurry of celebrity reactions.
I don't believe Kap or Reid got an enormous payout from the NFL. I think Kap is going to get a nice contract to sign with an NFL team. Same deal Reid got. Everything else you hear will be a smokescreen. #JudgeMyColumnsEnjoyMyTweets
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) February 15, 2019
— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) February 15, 2019
Number NFL team officials are speculating to me is the NFL paid Kaepernick in the $60 to $80 million range.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) February 15, 2019
Kaepernick right now pic.twitter.com/sCP9USzUjS
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 15, 2019
Miss me with the "let's see what Kaepernick does with the money" stuff. He was stripped of the prime years of his career and treated like a subhuman. He can use that money how he wants, it still won't get those years back. Whatever he gets, he deserves, and it's not enough.
— VP of Dad Jokes (@DunlapSports) February 15, 2019
Earlier this month, Kaepernick saluted singer Rihanna for supporting him and not watching Super Bowl LIII.
— SOHH (@sohh) February 5, 2019