The movement to take a knee during the anthem was started by Kaepernick last season over his view of police mistreatment of black males. It accuses all 32 teams of colluding to keep him out of the league. Kaepernick and his team have to meet a higher level of proof.
Under the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), teams are prohibited from conspiring on the fate of a particular player.
"Our union has a duty to assist Mr. Kaepernick as we do all players and we will support him", the statement said, adding that the union is scheduling a call with his advisers for early this week. Back in June Goodell said the following to ESPN.com's Alden Gonzalez: "I believe that if a football team feels that Colin Kaepernick, or any other player, is going to improve that team, they're going to do it". Perhaps he has an email, text, social media message, video, audio recording, hand-written note or sworn testimony from a witness.
McCann is skeptical of this argument.
The ramifications would be enormous, and historical.
NFL owners will meet in the week to come to consider changes to a game manual that says players "should" stand during the national anthem.
In a statement, Geragos said Kapernick's aim is to ensure that he and all athletes are being treated fairly.
The lawyer then tried to link Kaepernick's case to larger societal issues, saying, "Such a precedent (of collusion) threatens all patriotic Americans and hearkens back to our darkest days as a nation".