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A lawyer for Colin Kaepernick said an NFL owner testified under oath during a collusion grievance deposition that he changed his mind about signing the quarterback after Donald Trump’s comments.
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An NFL owner decided not to offer free agent Colin Kaepernick a contract after President Trump called for firing players who knelt during the national anthem. 

Kaepernick’s attorney said the unnamed owner made the comments while under oath during a deposition in the collusion grievance the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback filed against the league.

Mark Geragos told the Straight Aim podcast on Tuesday the testimony provides proof of collusion. 

“In this civil case, there’s no doubt that the existing coaches — and I’m talking about Super Bowl-winning coaches — have testified under oath that he’s a starting quarterback in this league, and so that’s mind boggling,” Geragos said.

More than a dozen NFL executives have been deposed by Kaepernick’s legal team, including owners of the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and New England Patriots, as well as Denver Broncos general manager John Elway.

“When you ask them … specifically why he isn’t being hired … they say because of the national anthem policy,” Geragos added. “The only reason — and the owners will admit that — they haven’t signed him is they’re afraid of Trump, and they’ve colluded because of Trump.”

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Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016, taking a knee during the national anthem before each game to protest racial injustice and police brutality. 

Last week, NFL owners issued a revised anthem policy that fines teams if their players do not “show proper respect” during the anthem, but gives players the option of staying in the locker room.

Trump lauded the new policy, while also suggesting players who didn’t stand for the anthem “shouldn’t be in the country.”

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