Quarterback Colin Kaepernick's lawsuit against NFL team owners for alleged collusion in icing him out of the league is expected to center around comments made by President Trump on Kaepernick's kneeling national anthem protest – and the owners' fear of the power of the president.
Kaepernick's lawyers are seeking depositions this month, and it appears the focus of their case will be to show that the owners feared the wrath of the president should they hire Kaepernick, and that this drove them to collude to blackball the 30-year-old former starting quarterback.
At issue are several comments by the president in which he was critical of the NFL and team owners, and repeatedly called for Kaepernick to be fired for leading the wave of protests in 2016 to criticize systemic racism and police abuse of black men and women.
One damning piece of evidence that may bolster his case is that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is on record saying that his thinking on the protests was influenced by the president's.
Kaepernick, a second-round draft pick in 2011 who led the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship game in 2013, sat out the entire 2017 season unsigned.