Colin Kaepernick won a major victory in his collusion case against the NFL. An arbitrator is reportedly sending Kap’s case to trial after denying the football league’s request to dismiss on Thursday (Aug. 30), according to ESPN.
Arbitrator StePhen B. Burbank reportedly made the ruling. Mark Geragos, Kap’s lawyer tweeted a photo of Burbank’s decision on Thursday.
The NFL previously requested to dismiss allegations that owners conspired to keep the quarterback out of the league due to his protests of social injustice during the national anthem. Kaepernick claims the owners violated their collective bargaining agreement with players by conspiring against him.
Kaepernick first began protests during the 2016 NFL season, kneeling during the national anthem in order to protest police brutality. There have been countless debates about his actions regarding politics in sports and social injustices in America. The movement gained so much attention, Donald Trump dedicated many nights to tweeting his distaste for athletes who kneel during the anthem.
While Kaepernick’s case is moving forward, the league still hasn’t come to a resolution regarding silent protests. NFL team owners originally invoked a policy requiring players to stand during the anthem, but it was quickly reversed after the Miami Dolphins faced backlash for classifying the protests as detrimental to the team.
A trial date for Kaepernick’s collusion case has not been revealed at this time.