What is the price to pay to chase players from the National Football League and prevent them from playing again because they have protested silently against racial inequality and the ubiquitous and real threat of seeing men and women unarmed blacks get killed and killed by police in the United States with impunity?
If you're the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, currently on the Carolina Panthers, this figure is under $ 10 million, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The Journal reports that the money received by Kaepernick and Reid to settle their grievances against the league – allegations in which they alleged in particular that the league had neutralized them and prevented them from playing after they 've gone off. were kneeling on the ground during the national anthem. Silent protest – is much less than what they would have gotten if they had defeated their cause against the league.
In the end, it is unclear how the less than $ 10 million will be divided between Kaep and Reid and what will be the net amount of each after their payment of attorney 's and attorney' s fees.
Neither the NFL nor the lawyer representing both players commented on the newspaper report. A confidentiality agreement has been put in place to prevent both parties from discussing the agreement reached last month.
The paper notes that if Kaep had been successful in his grievance, the league's collective bargaining unit with the players would have allowed him to receive damages amounting to three times more than what he had been decided to lose because of his inability to play. For a player of caliber Kaep, this figure could have reached $ 90 million, three times the $ 30 million it is worth.
On the other hand, if the two parties did not agree, the league could have engaged in expensive litigation if Kaep had decided to go to court.
Kaepernick filed his grievance in 2017, accusing the League and the 32 teams of preventing him from playing due to the protests. Reid filed his grievance in 2018 and was then signed by the Carolina Panthers in the middle of the 2018 season.