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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s conflict with the NFL progressed on Oct. 15 when he filed a grievance against the league. Kaepernick claimed that team owners had colluded to keep him out of a job, not because of his athletic ability, but because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem.
Since then, a number of teams have struggled with lackluster quarterbacks and injuries, yet Kaepernick has remained unsigned. As Robert O’Connell writes for The Atlantic, teams “would rather lose without him than win with him,” but why?
“The rationale offered by those who pass on Kaepernick has remained the same since the summer: He would have too much to learn, in too little time,” O’Connell writes.
But the problem is no longer about whether Kaepernick can still throw down the field or grasp a playbook, according to O’Connell. Instead, it’s become about what will go on off the field as controversy continues to surround player protests and Kaepernick’s collusion case rolls out.
Owners have since been asked to turn over cell phones, and league officials are waiting for word on depositions. Meanwhile, teams are struggling to make do with the quarterbacks they have in the pocket. As time goes on, Kaepernick’s absence is growing from suspicious to “damning,” O’Connell argues. Furthermore, there appears to be no end in sight.