Colin Kaepernick Was Invited to Meet With Commissioner Roger Goodell

Colin Kaepernick
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Nearly a month after filing a grievance against NFL owners for alleged blackballing, the NFL has invited Colin Kaepernick to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell for a one-on-one meeting.

So far, the league is awaiting a response from the quarterback.

According to ESPN, NFL executive Troy Vincent texted Kaepernick on Oct. 31 to update him on the ongoing talks about social issues between players and owners.

At the end of the text message, he extended the invitation for Kaepernick to meet with Goodell, but has yet to hear back from the free agent quarterback.

Kaepernick’s attorney filed a grievance under the collective bargaining agreement, alleging collusion against signing him to an NFL contract.

They are demanding an arbitration hearing on the matter, saying the NFL and its owners “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”

After filing the grievance, Kaepernick tweeted that he did so “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”

Kaepernick remains a free agent, after he opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March.