Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick settled his complaint against the National Football League today, as the league released a joint statement with the athlete’s lawyers announcing a “resolution.”
“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and [former teammate] Mr. [Eric] Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the letter stated. “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.”
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Kaepernick, who was suing the league with his former teammate, alleged that NFL owners conspired to keep him off the field after the end of his 2016 contract due to his activism — namely, his kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality.
Dozens of others joined the national anthem protest in the seasons since the quarterback’s departure from the league, but Kaepernick remains the household name behind civil rights activism in the league. Despite his time away from sports, Kaepernick was the face of Nike’s latest flagship “Just Do It” campaign, which included a mission statement inspired by his removal from the league: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
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