Honoree Colin Kaepernick speaks onstage at ACLU SoCal Hosts Annual Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

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Colin Kaepernick’s Collusion Grievance Against NFL Headed to Trial

The decision means owners, coaches and team execs may be called to testify during the season.

Thanks to an arbitrator’s ruling, some NFL owners, coaches and team execs will be called to testify in Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against the league during the upcoming season.

On Thursday, arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled against the NFL’s motion to dismiss Kaepernick’s grievance due to lack of evidence, sending the quarterback’s case against the league to trial.

Kaepernick contends the owners violated their CBA with players by conspiring to keep him off the roster of all 32 teams since he became a free agent in 2017 because of his social justice efforts.

Now that the case is moving forward, the issue of whether owners worked together rather than decided individually not to sign Kaepernick will be key.

A similar lawsuit filed by Kaepernick’s former teammate Eric Reid is also pending.

The ruling also may give the NFLPA more leverage during negotiations with the NFL about the yet-to-be-revised anthem policy.

Read the full story at The Associated Press