NFL Pays Settlement To Colin Kaepernick More Than Year After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Said Kaepernick Was Not Blackballed
The NFL has reached a financial settlement with former players Colin Kaeperkick and Eric Reid more than a year after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell claimed the NFL was not blackballing Kaepernick.
The Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman tweeted that NFL insiders believe the NFL paid Kaepernick between $60 to $80 million in order to avoid a trial that would tarnish the NFL’s (racist) image:
Number NFL team officials are speculating to me is the NFL paid Kaepernick in the $60 to $80 million range.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) February 15, 2019
And I don’t believe Kaepernick would have settled unless the money was Earth-shaking.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) February 15, 2019
Goodell, who likes to portray himself and the NFL as being patriotic, told CNBC in December 2017 that Kaepernick was not being blackballed by the 32 NFL teams who all refused to sign him.
Kaepernick and Reid made headlines for peacefully kneeling during the National Anthem — to protest police brutality and institutionalized racism — while playing for the San Francisco 49ers, who released them; Reid was eventually signed by the Carolina Panthers in 2018.
Despite Goodell’s claim in December 2017, the NFL did an about face and agreed to settle a collusion lawsuit by Kaepernick and Reid against the league.
Kaepernick and Reid’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, told “Reasonable Doubt” podcast host Adam Carolla on Feb. 9 that the case was going to trial within 45 days, which the NFL apparently did not want to happen despite Goodell’s statement.