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Colin Kaepernick‘s ongoing saga regarding the future of his playing days took a new turn this weekend when the free agent quarterback filed a grievance against the NFL. In his filing, Kaepernick claims that NFL owners colluded to freeze him out of gaining a spot on a team due to his peaceful protests during the playing of the National Anthem.

CNN Money reports:

The statement said the grievance was filed “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”

Kaepernick, who is still a free agent, first took a knee during the singing of the National Anthem before a 2016 preseason game. He kneeled to protest the treatment of black Americans, particularly by police.

The protest was seen by some as disrespecting the flag. Kaepernick has yet to be picked up by another team since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March.

The statement also says athletes who protest peacefully “should not be punished” and denied employment because of “partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government.”

In a piece from ESPN’s NFL Nation writer Kevin Seifert, Kaepernick and his legal team will face tough odds in proving that owners have indeed colluded to keep him from the field while also noting that would be difficult to prove.

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