This week, Colin Kaepernick expanded his deposition list in his ongoing grievance case against the NFL.
Yahoo Sports cited sources with knowledge of the case saying that the list now includes Jane Goodell, the wife of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
A defensive Twitter account
Jane Goodell was included after a report in October by the Wall Street Journal found that she had used a Twitter account under the name “Jones Smith” in which she defended her husband against criticism.
Jane Goodell admitted to creating the account and said that she had only been trying to defend her husband against inaccurate reports.
“It was a REALLY silly thing to do and done out of frustration – and love,” Jane Goodell told the Wall Street Journal. “As a former media member, I’m always bothered when the coverage doesn’t provide a complete an accurate picture of a story. I’m also a wife and a mom. I have always passionately defended the hard-working guy I love – and I always will. I just may not use Twitter to do so in the future!”
The Twitter account, which had the argument @forargument, was later made private and then ultimately deleted.
According to Yahoo Sports, the other people on the deposition list include the following: Three NFL owners (Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones, New England Patriots’ Robert Kraft and Houston Texans’ Bob McNair); two head coaches (Baltimore Ravens’ John Harbaugh and Seattle Seahawks’ Pete Carroll); two general managers (Ravens’ Ozzie Newsome and Seahawks’ John Schneider); and two NFL executives (Executive Vice President of Operations Troy Vincent and Senior Vice President of Player Engagement Arthur McAfee).
The deposition list is part of a grievance case filed by Kaepernick against the NFL which claims that the NFL blacklisted him after he spearheaded the national anthem protests that have since swept the nation. Kaepernick has not been picked up by another NFL team since leaving the 49ers, and he believes that the league is colluding against him to keep him out of the sport.