The Colin Kaepernick collusion charges against the NFL are about to get serious.
The unemployed quarterback received the go-ahead to question at least three top NFL owners: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Texans owner Bob McNair, according to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter.
The Friday report said the three will also be asked to surrender all emails and cellphone records in connection with Kaepernick’s inability to land on an NFL roster so far this season.
According to a later report by ABC News, Seahawks owner Paul Allen and 49ers owner Jed York were also expected to appear for depositions in the contentious case.
The NFL declined any comment on the ESPN report. The ABC News story said the owners were selected based on their public remarks about Kaepernick or the ongoing sideline protests around the league.
“Colin Kaepernick turns 30 today,” Schefter later tweeted. “Should be in prime of his career.”
The reports said other NFL owners, teams and league officials will also sit for depositions, but identified only those five owners.
Jones and Kraft are among the league’s most influential owners, while McNair recently created a stir with his comments that league officials couldn’t let “the inmates run the prison” — a reference to players taking a knee during the national anthem.
Jones had threatened to bench any of his players who joined in the protest. York runs the last NFL team to employ Kaepernick as its signal caller.
Kaepernick, who started the kneeling last year as a protest against police brutality against black people, has not found a spot on any NFL roster after cutting ties with the 49ers this year.
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