According to NBC’s ProFootballTalk, arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled in favor of Kaepernick on Thursday when he declined the league’s request to dismiss the case. The 30-year-old athlete filed a grievance against the NFL in October 2017, claiming the organization and team owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his on-field activism.
“On August 28, 2018, the System Arbitrator denied the NFL’s request that he dismiss Colin Kaepernick’s complaint alleging that his inability to secure a player contract since becoming a free agent in March 2017 has been due to an agreement among team owners and the NFL that violates Article 17, Section 1 of the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA,” Burbank wrote in a statement.
Thursday's ruling means NFL owners will likely be forced to testify under oath.
The former 49ers quarterback created a stir when he began protesting racial injustice by kneeling during pregame anthem ceremonies. Kaepernick was let go from the team at the end of the 2016-17 season and has yet to sign with another franchise.