Colin Kaepernick’s case against NFL to go to trial

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Published on August 31, 2018 - Duration: 01:25s

Colin Kaepernick’s case against NFL to go to trial

An arbitrator denied the request to dismiss Colin Kaepernick's complaint that the league colluded to keep him off the field in retaliation for protesting during the national anthem.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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Colin Kaepernick’s case against NFL to go to trial

(SOUNDBITE)(English) COLIN KAEPERNICK SAYING: "The message is that we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with." Former NFL Player Colin Kaepernick will get his day in court.

In a blow to the NFL, an arbitrator denied the request to dismiss the quarterback's complaint that the league colluded to keep him off the field after he started protesting during the national anthem in 2016.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) COLIN KAEPERNICK SAYING: "We have a lot of people that are oppressed" Kaepernick's attorney announced the news on Twitter Thursday, which comes just a week before the 2018 season kicks off.

The former San Francisco 49er sparked a wave of protests by NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality amid a slew of killings of unarmed black men.

The protests became a polarizing issue and attracted the ire of President Trump.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: ''Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.

He's fired, he's FIRED.'' Kaepernick - who remains unsigned - argues that the NFL owners violated their collective bargaining agreement by conspiring to keep him off the teams in retaliation for the protests when he hit free agency in 2017.

While there is no trial date yet - the case will reportedly conclude by the end of this year.

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