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Testimony from Colin Kaepernick’s grievance hearings is dribbling out and it seems the NFL has admitted that it bowed to pressure from Trump in writing its new no protesting the anthem  or get fined policy.

Said Trump:

This is a very winning, strong issue for me,” the President told Jones, according to Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal. “Tell everybody, you can’t win this one. This one lifts me.”

Regardless of whether it’s rooted in fact, owners have chosen to believe that the protests are bad for business, in large part because the President had chosen to continue to stir up his base by chastising the NFL for allowing the protests. Which not only suggests that collusion arising from a mutual desire to placate the President may be influencing the ongoing unemployment of Kaepernick and Eric Reid, but also potentially bolsters the opinion of attorney Mark Geragos that the President may have run afoul of federal law by interfering with private employment decisions for political reasons.

This may seem like a small thing in comparison to all the crimes, collusion with foreign powers, corruption etc  but it’s not. It’s a pattern and a “president” who will do this because he has no understanding of our legal or judicial system, will commit more such crimes and worse. Better still, this will get through to an audience that doesn’t normally pay attention to such things.

GOP: The party of lawlessness

And yes, the NFL is blacklisting Kaepernick.

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