Colin Kaepernick emerged victorious on Friday in his lawsuit against the NFL; proving there was collusion to keep him out of the league. Details of the settlement is confidential but LeBron James said “I hope he got a hell of a lot of money to set his family up for a long time.”
The grievance Kaepernick filed said the NFL and team owners “colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”
There are reports the settlement could be close to $100 million.
Fresh off the news of his Kaepernick’s win, attorney Mark Geragos told CNN his client “absolutely” wants back into the NFL.
“He wants to compete at the highest level,” Geragos said. “This is a competitive young man.”
The famed attorney reportedly spoke to Kaepernick on Saturday about returning to the sport.
“I think you’re going to see … within the next two weeks that somebody is going to step up and do the right thing, and you want me to predict who?” Geragos told ESPN. “Besides the Panthers, it would not surprise me if [Patriots owner] Bob Kraft makes a move.”
Kaepernick has been out of the league since the 2016 season.
In a statement announcing the settlement of the lawsuit, lawyers for the league stated, “For the the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolved the pending grievances.”
Kap made headlines in 2016 when he protested racism and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem at games. His contract with the San Francisco 49ers was severed in early 2017, and he has remained a free agent ever since.