National Football League rejects player request for mediation, reiterates Kaepernick invitation

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And while Kaepernick's attorney Mark Geragos told ABC News they "responded immediately that Colin would be happy to attend", the meeting apparently fell through. "Colin's proposal was rejected".

According to Kaepernick's attorney, the free agent quarterback accepted the invitation to participate in the meeting.

When Texans owner Bob McNair made comments about not letting "the inmates run the prison" while speaking about the ongoing protests at the owners meetings back in October, it shed light on the fact that some owners perceive player protests to be a kind of uprising. "Because of the grievance we asked that a mediator be present".

"Mr. Geragos' statement alone violates the collective bargaining agreement", Lockhart said, "breaking the confidentiality of the grievance process. The question of, "Has [Colin] been invited in?' the answer is yes", combatted league spokesperson Joe Lockhart in response to Geragos" statement.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy could be deposed or put on the witness stand as part of the Colin Kaepernick grievance case, a report published Tuesday said. When the McGloin experiment failed as miserably as everyone anticipated, the Texans finally chose to look for a QB that might be able to play a style more similar to what they had in Watson by signing none other than... "This is part of the overall discussion we've been having on some of these social issues".

"The league responded, with Lockhart saying this to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports: "[Executive V.P. of football operations] Troy [Vincent] reached out to Colin directly - not to his lawyer - and said, 'If you want to come in, come in.' This isn't about his lawyer.

The league may be reluctant to involve a mediator because the presence of a mediator represents a mutual interest to fully and finally settle the issue.

After filing the grievance, Kaepernick tweeted that he did so "only after pursuing every possible avenue with all National Football League teams and their executives". It's also worth noting that Yahoo Sports reported that Kaepernick is still open to meeting with Goodell if the topic of the meeting is social issues and not the grievance.

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