Trump swayed National Football League owners on anthem rules, Kaepernick case depositions reveal

They are considering taking the action to force NFL teams to sign Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid

They are considering taking the action to force NFL teams to sign Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid

Ross also said Patriots owner Robert Kraft had spoken about the issue with Trump and National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell was influenced by the president's statement, the Journal reports.

The policy comes in wake of the protests that were started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick filed a grievance last October against NFL owners for collusion, claiming they schemed to keep him off the football field because of his protests not his football ability.

A new policy was announced by the league last week which states that teams whose players do not stand for the national anthem could be liable for fines.

Kaepernick, of coursed, spurred a league-wide protest to raise awareness about racial inequality and police brutality when began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

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Pete King, criticized New York Jets Chairman Christopher Johnson for saying he would pay the fines of players who kneel during the anthem, CBS reported. He also said that the owners agree Kaepernick could otherwise be a starting quarterback, were it not for the political controversy.

"I thought he changed the dialogue", Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in his deposition, the report said.

Several owners, including Ross, Jones and the Houston Texans' Bob McNair, testified that national anthem protests have impacted their teams financially, but as Deadspin's Dom Cosentino observes, it's unclear "how much of that can be attributed to fans avoiding the NFL because of protests, versus those staying away out of solidarity [with] Kaepernick". All said they were protesting social issues, including law enforcement treatment of African Americans.

While testifying as part of the Colin Kaepernick collusion case, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Trump spoke with him about the anthem.

Kaepernick's attorney, Mark Geragos, hailed the owners' testimony in an appearance on CBS News legal correspondent Amy Dash's "Straight Aim" podcast.

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