Colin Kaepernick and his representatives face a high bar to prove that NFL owners have colluded to keep him out of the league this season, as alleged in a grievance filed Sunday. The NFL's collective bargaining agreement, which governs such disputes, makes clear that the failure to sign a player is not in itself enough to prove collusion. Instead, it must be combined with evidence that teams entered into an agreement, express or implied, to bar the player's employment. Here's the relevant wording of the CBA's "burden of proof" for collusion:
Louisville's athletic board voted unanimously to fire Rick Pitino despite arguments earlier Monday from his lawyers that the Hall of Fame basketball coach had no knowledge of activities alleged in an FBI investigation. The University of Louisville Athletic Association met for more than five hours Monday before making the decision. Pitino did not attend the meeting, but his lawyers submitted an affidavit on his behalf that said the coach disputes the board's right to fire him "for cause."
The NFL players' union has issued notice that it will request an en banc hearing -- a hearing of the full panel of judges with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans -- on behalf of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. In addition, the union will request that Elliott's six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations, which had been restored by a 2-1 vote of a 5th Circuit panel Thursday, be stayed while request for the en banc hearing is considered.
Former Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy testified Friday before Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on the Judiciary, saying the franchise tried to silence him from talking about brain injuries, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and the NFL.
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan said President Donald Trump is dividing the country with his comments and actions about NFL players' protests of racial inequality during the playing of the national anthem before games. Khan's comments -- which were made Thursday during an executive conference in Chicago for Crain's Who's Who in Chicago Business -- are a precursor to what will be discussed this coming week in New York when NFL owners and representatives of the players' union meet regarding the national anthem protests as part of the owners' meetings.
North Carolina avoided major sanctions after the NCAA could not conclude the school violated academic rules when it made available deficient Department of African and Afro-American Studies "paper courses" to the general student body, including student-athletes.