NFL reaches agreement with Kaepernick and Reid
The NFL has reached an out-of-court settlement in the legal dispute with the two players Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. The US professional league confirmed this in a statement on Friday (local time).
“The parties have decided to resolve the ongoing litigation. The settlement is subject to a non-disclosure agreement and will therefore not be commented on by any party,” the league stated.
Kaepernick, who was the first player to protest on the sidelines during the national anthem in 2016, filed a complaint against the league for unfair collusion in October 2017. The former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers accused the NFL of internal collusion, which had prevented him from getting further employment in the league. Reid joined Kaepernick’s lawsuit in May 2018.
During the protests, Kaepernick and other players kneeled during the national anthem, kicking off a nationwide debate in which President Donald Trump finally got involved. Trump had even asked the NFL clubs to fire any “sons of bitches” who didn’t stand up for the national anthem. Kaepernick’s actions occasionally led to protests in other sports leagues.