Mark Geragos, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's attorney, predicted Tuesday that he will have a "smoking gun" in the case against the National Football League and its team owners for colluding to keep him from being re-signed with a new team.
"I am going to predict right now that we will have a smoking gun," Geragos said. "There are people who are not going to get into an arbitration proceeding and they are not going to lie. They are not going to lie. They are going to tell the truth and they're going to say what happened. They were told no, you're not going to hire him."
Kaepernick became a political flashpoint last season when he began taking a knee during the national anthem to protest the treatment of African American and minorities in the U.S., especially in regards to police brutality. His demonstration, copied by other players, has been celebrated by some activists, while being reviled by others who see the protests as disrespectful to the American flag.
One such critic is President Trump, who revived the issue last month while calling on team owners to fire players who kneel.
Kaepernick filed the grievance under the league's collective bargaining agreement on Sunday as talk surged, including among top Black Lives Matter figures, that he was being blackballed by the league at a time when there is a slew of injuries and play opportunities for a quarterback of Kaepernick's caliber.