According to sources Colin Kaepernick’s lawyers are planning to throw President Donald Trump in the midst of the former quarterback’s legal battle with the NFL.
“Kaepernick’s legal team is expected to seek federal subpoenas in the coming weeks to compel testimony from Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other officials familiar with the president’s agenda on protesting NFL players, sources with knowledge of the quarterback’s collusion case against the NFL told Yahoo Sports,” reports NFL columnist Charles Robinson on Yahoo.com.
According to Robinson’s report sources said this move is an attempt to divide the Trump administration’s “political involvement with the NFL during Kaepernick’s free agency and the league’s handling of player protests.”
Robinson goes on:
This after recent disclosures that multiple owners had direct talks with Trump about players kneeling during the national anthem. The content of those conversations between Trump and owners – as well as any forms of pressure directed at the league by the administration – are expected to shape the requests to force the testimony of Trump, Pence and other affiliated officials, sources said.
So how exactly will Kaepernick’s lawyers plan to do this?
It’s not so simple and could all be just political posturing to try and embarrass with Oval Office:
Due to the nature of the rules in collective bargaining grievances, reeling in sworn testimony from the political sector will create at least one additional hurdle for Kaepernick’s camp. The quarterback’s legal team first must notify the system arbitrator of the need for targeted depositions beyond the boundaries of the agreement between the NFL and the player’s union. That would entail presenting a detailed argument to the system arbitrator overseeing the grievance, spelling out the relevance and impact that testimony from Trump or others could have on the grievance. If the arbitrator rules the testimony would be justifiable, that would open the door for Kaepernick’s attorneys to seek the subpoenas in a district court under the Federal Arbitration Act.
It’s almost laughable that they are actually going after the president and his administration on this issue. Now, if the system arbitrator and a federal judge find a real basis to force Trump to sit for depositions “it would raise an argument over whether the president can actually be compelled by the courts to sit for a deposition. Trump could choose to ignore the order or simply decline, leaving it up to the justice system to enforce the subpoena,” Robinsons report stated.
If this should happen or not is cause for debate. There are plenty of court appointed judges that Obama placed in power who would love to see this go through.