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 ...

Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem in Raiders' preseason opener

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Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem in Raiders' preseason opener

Marshawn Lynch sat down with his standing teammates surrounding him while the national anthem played Friday night at the Coliseum in the Raiders' preseason opener vs. the Lions. 

The Raiders' running back took a seat during the national anthem in all games last season as well. 

No other Raiders protested soical and racial injustices on Friday night. 

Once the game started, Beast Mode was engaged and off to the races. 

Unfortunately, the 60-yard touchdown did not count. Raiders first-round pick Kolton Miller was called for holding. 

Raiders LB Tahir Whitehead calls out Dak Prescott's anthem stance

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Raiders LB Tahir Whitehead calls out Dak Prescott's anthem stance

On Friday, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott made it clear he has no plans to kneel during the national anthem this season. 

"I never protest," Prescott told reporters at Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California (via the Dallas Morning News). "I never protest during the anthem, and I don't think that's the time or the venue to do so. The game of football has always brought me such peace, and I think it does the same for a lot of people -- a lot of people playing the game, a lot of people watching the game, a lot of people who have any impact of the game -- so when you bring such controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game it takes away. It takes away from that, it takes away from the joy and the love that football brings a lot of people."

He added that he is "up for anything" to help address social injustice and police brutality, the issues former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick aimed to draw attention to by kneeling during the national anthem in the 2016 season. Prescott's comments came one day after Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said his players have to stand for the national anthem "if they want to be a Dallas Cowboy," and the Dallas quarterback's stance drew skepticism from one of the newest members of the Silver and Black. 

Oakland Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead tweeted late Saturday night that it "[s]ounds like Dak don't wanna lose" a new endoresement deal. 

Prescott's deal with Campbell's, which he signed last month, runs through 2020.

As a member of the Detroit Lions last year, Whitehead was one of eight players to kneel during the anthem in Week 3. The protest came shortly after President Donald Trump said at a rally that NFL owners should "fire" protesting players and "get that son of a b--- off the field." 

The Raiders signed Whitehead to a three-year deal in March. In May, Oakland owner Mark Davis reportedly abstained from voting on the NFL's national anthem policy mandating players on the sidelines stand during the anthem, according to ESPN's Seth Wickersham. 

On July 20, the NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement saying "no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks" after the Associated Press reported that the Miami Dolphins filed a document with the league proposing the team would suspend players who did not stand during the anthem for up to four games.