The NFL has suspended Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving four games without pay for violating its substance abuse policy, the league announced Friday.
Irving will serve the suspension to start the season, and is eligibie to return to the active roster Oct. 1. In the meantime, he is eligible to practice with the team and play in all preseason games.
The lawyers for Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, want to examine the Trump administration’s involvement with the NFL during Kaepernick’s free agency and how the league handled the player protests last season, the website reported.
Trump had spoken to some NFL owners about the protests, and the attorneys want to know if he exerted any pressure on them.
Kaepernick refused to stand for the playing of the National Anthem during a preseason game with the Green Bay Packers in August 2016 to protest racial injustice.
He filed a grievance against the NFL last October, claiming the 32 NFL teams were colluding to keep him out of the league.
The owners of respondent NFL teams have been quoted describing their communications with President Trump, who has been an organizing force in the collusion among team owners in their conduct towards Mr. Kaepernick and other NFL player, the claim says. Owners have described the Trump administration as causing paradigm shifts in their views toward NFL players.
The failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation of Rule 6.01(i) (Rule 7.13), or otherwise initiated a collision that could have been avoided.
Colin Kaepernick calls out NFL owners, Trump in collusion fight
Trump lashed out at players taking a knee during the anthem in a September 2017 speech in which he called for team owners to punish protesting athletes.
Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’
The NFL last month approved a new policy that demands all players on the field stand during the anthem or stay in the locker room. Teams would be fined if players disobey the rules.