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Reports: Kaepernick's lawyers grill Seahawks' top brass in NFL collusion case

This Dec. 24, 2016 photo shows San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talking during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams. Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his protests during the national anthem. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

SEATTLE - Attorneys for Colin Kaepernick took depositions this week from Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider in connection with the free-agent quarterback's collusion grievance against the NFL, according to multiple media reports.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Kaepernick's attorneys questioned Schneider on Wednesday and Carroll on Thursday.


Attorney Ben Meiselas also appeared to hint on Twitter that he and Kaepernick were in Seattle this week.


Kaepernick's collusion grievance against the NFL claims that he has been blackballed by the NFL and league owners because he kneeled during the national anthem as a form of social protest against racial profiling.

The Seahawks talked with Kaepernick last month but later reportedly canceled a scheduled workout with the quarterback, who has been without an NFL team since the end of the 2016 season.

Seattle has been one of the few teams to show any interest in Kaepernick following his protests during the national anthem in the 2016 season with the San Francisco 49ers.

There were reports that the Seahawks dropped Kaepernick from consideration after he wouldn't commit to standing for the national anthem.

But Carroll said the reports of what happened with the intended workout were "blown up," adding that the team has not closed the door on the possibility of including Kaepernick on their roster.

"I think we've been working at this thing for some time now. I don't think that was really as telling as it came across," Carroll said last month. "We're really aware of him and he's a fine football player and there may be a place for him. We don't know that yet."

Whether the Seahawks are still interested in Kaepernick after this week's grilling by his attorneys is unclear.

Several other NFL figures reportedly have been deposed by Kaepernick's attorneys in the case, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, league executive VP Troy Vincent, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Texans owner Bob McNair, Ravens coach John Harbaugh and GM Ozzie Newsome.

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