NFL owners, the NFLPA, and players held a meeting last week to discuss the social issues that have led to a protest movement within the league. Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement a year ago, but was not present at the meetings. It all came amidst some confusion as to who was invited and who was responsible for what.
The players, owners, and NFLPA are planning a second meeting, and it sounds like now there will be a formal invitation to Kaepernick. NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart said in a conference call that he expects Kaepernick will be invited to the next meeting, but there is no confirmation Kaepernick will attend, and “players coalition invites players.”
On conf call, NFL's Joe Lockhart says he expects Colin Kaepernick will be invited to next meeting, look forward to him joining conversation.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 25, 2017
No confirmation Kaepernick will attend, Lockhart said. Players coalition invites players; I was told Malcolm Jenkins handled many last time.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 25, 2017
There is no word on when the next meeting is planned, but Kaepernick’s attorney said after the last meeting that the quarterback, “is open to future participation on these important discussions.” He currently has a grievance filed against the NFL citing collusion keeping him out of the league.