Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Colin Kaepernick invited to meeting with Roger Goodell

Colin Kaepernick invited to meeting with Roger Goodell

A mediator also would ensure that the discussions were productive and confidential and not used as a PR stunt or prop by the league.

There is now no information from Kaepernick's side about why he has not accepted the invitation to meet with Goodell.

A league spokesman told ESPN about the invitation to the controversial former San Francisco 49ers quarterback.

Geragos disputed the notion that Kaepernick did not respond. The request was sent to Troy Vincent, the league's head of football operations who has been a point person with several individual players who have been protesting and engaging with owners.

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The NFL, though, isn't interested in having a mediator present during any discussions between Kaepernick and Goodell.

"Mr. Geragos' statement alone violates the collective bargaining agreement, breaking the confidentiality of the grievance process", he told ESPN.

As a coalition of players hopes to meet with the league and selected owners in an effort to solve the anthem controversy once and for all, the NFL has declined to conduct the meeting with the involvement of a mediator.

Lockhart fired back after that claim, telling Yahoo Sports: "Troy reached out to Colin directly - not to his lawyer - and said, 'If you want to come in, come in.' This isn't about his lawyer".

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Kaepernick filed a grievance against the National Football League owners last month for collusion since the quarterback has been unable to receive a contract offer from teams since becoming a free agent in March. "The question of, 'Has [Colin] been invited in?' the answer is yes", Lockhart added in a statement to Yahoo Sports. During that same conference call, however, Lockhart reiterated that quarterback Colin Kaepernick is invited to attend and participate in the next meeting aimed at discussing (and, presumably, resolving) the issue.

Members of Kaepernick's camp told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday that he's still open to meeting with Goodell privately. This isn't part of any grievance process. "We don't need a third party".

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However, today the player's representative is insisting that they readily agreed to the meeting but were turned away when they asked for a mediator to be present at the meeting.

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