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Colin Kaepernick's attorney says NFL owners 'kowtowing' to Donald Trump

Colin Kaepernick's attorney says NFL owners 'kowtowing' to Donald Trump

Colin Kaepernick's attorney didn't hold back on Thursday, slamming the NFL for blackballing the former 49ers quarterback in a response to President Donald Trump's attacks on players for protesting social justice during the playing of the national anthem.

"The collusion actually was the NFL kowtowing to the president — I think it's clear," high-profile attorney Mark Geragos said Thursday in an exclusive interview on NBC's "Today."

Geragos' comments come one day after Goodell denied any kind of blackballing against Kaepernick. 

"I think if a team decides that Colin Kaepernick or any other player can help their team win, that’s what they’ll do," Goodell said. "They want to win, and they make those decisions individually in best interest of their club."

It's safe to say Geragos strongly disagrees. He adamantly stated Kaepernick's collusion case against the league. 

[RELATED: Richard Sherman: NFL teams now shunning Colin Kaepernick out in open]

"There isn't anyone who has a couple of neurons firing that wouldn't say this isn't collusive activity," Geragos said.

As part of the evidence for Kaepernick's collusion case, Geragos is using former 49ers safety Eric Reid, who joined the quarterback in kneeling, as an example.

"Eric Reid went under oath and actually testified that he would consider alternatives to kneeling," Geragos said. "Within three days, 72 hours, he had three different teams that were vying for him and to sign him. You tell me how is it that when he testified under oath, and it's supposedly a private proceeding, three teams knew enough to reach out to his agent what he had said under oath that he would consider alternatives."

Kaepernick first began kneeling as a protest against racial and social injustices during the 2016 preseason and Reid quickly joined him. Kaepernick became a free agent following the season, as he opted out of his contract before the 49ers were going to cut him.

He hasn't played since. 

But hey, Nathan Peterman and Mark Sanchez are really helping teams win right now ...

U.S. government reopens after Warriors meet with Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi

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U.S. government reopens after Warriors meet with Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi

President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he has agreed to a short-term deal to temporarily reopen the government for three weeks, ending the longest closure in U.S. history at 35 days. 

This got us thinking -- the timing sure was interesting. Coincidence or not, everything ties back to the Warriors. 

The news comes one day after the team was seen taking pictures with Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, in Washington, D.C., after the Dubs' 126-118 win over the Wizards on Thursday. 

Though the Warriors made it clear they were not going to pay Trump a visit during their trip our nation's capital, they did spend time with a former President on Thursday. The team met with Barack Obama before the game in a players-only gathering, which was reportedly set up by Steph Curry.

Last year, the Warriors toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture during their lone trip to Washington D.C., instead of visiting the White House. Of course, that came after Trump infamously withdrew the Warriors' invitation -- before they even received one.

From Curry taking pictures with Pelosi to arranging the team to meet President Obama, two things are clear -- the government is back open (for now), and it's time to make Steph a three-time MVP.

Marshawn Lynch responds to President Donald Trump calling him unpatriotic

Marshawn Lynch responds to President Donald Trump calling him unpatriotic

Marshawn Lynch is a man of few words.

Nothing seems to faze the Oakland native, but when he does speak up, he lets you know exactly how he feels.

The Raiders running back recently was a guest on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, and when asked about President Donald Trump calling him unpatriotic for sitting during the playing of the national anthem, Lynch had quite the response.

"I mean, you know, that motha----er say a lot of s---," Lynch said. "At the end of the day, you called me unpatriotic, but if you know me, you know you come to my neighborhood where I’m from, and you know you’ll see me take the shirt off my back and give it to someone in less need. What would you call that?”

In November 2017, Trump went on a Twitter rant calling for the NFL to suspend Lynch for the rest of the season. This is the first time Lynch has publicly responded to such comments. 

Lynch grew up in Oakland and was a star at Oakland Technical High School before attending Cal and becoming a first-round draft pick in the NFL. He signed with the Raiders before the 2017 season, and consistently has been a champion in his community with charitable works. 

He also spoke on the issues of gentrification in Oakland and how he's helped with the problem. 

"I've been a witness of it since I was a small jitterbug," Lynch said. "Now that I've grown up and I'm seeing it and I understand it a little more." 

Maher then asked Lynch what he's been doing for Oakland to resolve gentrification to make sure African-Americans aren't being kicked out of neighborhoods they have been in for years. 

"With bangin' my head against people, I had the opportunity to make a couple dollars," he said with a laugh. "So therefore I started buying some real estate in the area I grew up at in order to give people opportunity for housing." 

Lynch will become a free agent in March. It's unknown if he'll continue playing football, but what we do know is he'll always be a man of the people in Oakland.