Former NFL player and original anthem protester Colin Kaepernick’s grievance case against the league is entering the deposition stage, and it has been learned that the former quarterback has called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s wife, Jane Goodell, into the mix.
Kaepernick is still pushing his grievance against the National Football League for allegedly colluding to keep him out of the league during the 2017 season. As this next phase of his case begins, his legal team sent out appearance requests to a list of people to bolster his case that the league “colluded” to keep him out of the game.
According to Yahoo Sports, Kaepernick’s legal team has demanded records form several owners as well as the commissioner. Some of the owners queried are Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, the New England Patriots’ Robert Kraft, and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair. Kaepernick has also called up two general managers, the Ravens’ Ozzie Newsome and the Seahawks’ John Schneider. A pair of head coaches, the Baltimore Ravens’ John Harbaugh and Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll have been contacted as well. Finally, two NFL executives have also been put on the spot: Executive Vice President of Operations Troy Vincent and Senior Vice President of Player Engagement Arthur McAfee.
Jane Goodell’s addition to the case seems to be based on the Tweets she sent out in support of her NFL chief husband.
Last October, it was revealed that the commissioner’s wife had created a fake Twitter account to post supportive messages about her husband’s troubled tenure as NFL chief.
As criticism of the NFL commissioner mounted, Jane’s secret account frequnetly battled to knock back complaints about the football chief’s decisions. The account came to Roger Goodell’s aid on at least 14 occasions and was also used to criticize media coverage of the commissioner’s actions.
Ultimately, Jane Goodell admitted she created the false-front account and called it a “silly thing to do.”
“It was a REALLY silly thing to do and done out of frustration — and love,” Mrs. Goodell told the Wall Street Journal last year. “As a former media member, I’m always bothered when the coverage doesn’t provide a complete and accurate picture of a story. I’m also a wife and a mom. I have always passionately defended the hard-working guy I love — and I always will. I just may not use Twitter to do so in the future!”
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