The NFL wants to hear from Colin Kaepernick

In an October 17 special meeting, 13 current or former players, 11 owners, commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith met in NY to discuss the anthem controversy. This time around, the NFL has been notified that Kaepernick has been invited to join the meeting, despite it coming in the midst of his grievance against the league for allegedly conspiring to freeze him out of a job.

Despite not actually playing in the NFL anymore, he still plays a critical part in the league's politics. He has since filed a collision lawsuit against the National Football League, which must prove at least two teams (or one team and the NFL) acted together to keep him from getting a job.

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins had informally invited Kaepernick, who did not attend.

Kaepernick reportedly said he would stand during the anthem if he got a chance to play in 2017.

"Kaepernick's popularity is not surprising in light of the fact that President Trump's criticism of the "Take A Knee" protests that he started in the NFL has thrown him into the national spotlight in recent weeks", said Alvin Tillery, associate professor of political science and director of the CSDD at Northwestern, reports The Washington Examiner. This could very well be a result of his national anthem protests and strong feelings about police officers. The player has linked his inability to find a new club with the protests he displayed a year ago after refusing to stand for the national anthem. If these players and coaches' goal is to gain a lot of attention, then they have been undoubtedly successful.

It remains to be seen what impact Kaepernick could have with his direct involvement with meetings.

The reasons teams have given for not signing or considering Kaepernick have been mostly mundane and defensible, although Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians gave a strangely false response after his starting quarterback was injured Sunday.

Presidents are looked up to by many people, whether Trump believes it or not.

That will be a hard allegation to prove, unless team personnel left a trail of communications indicating collusion.

  • Jon Douglas