USA: Colin Kaepernick and the NFL, Reconciliation

American football player Colin Kaepernick in Los Angeles on May 3, 2018 / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP / Archives

American football player Colin Kaepernick in Los Angeles on May 3, 2018 / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP / Archives

American football player Colin Kaepernick, who became in 2016 the figurehead in the United States of a protest movement against police violence, reached an agreement with the National Football League (NFL) that he was pursuing. justice, his lawyers announced Friday.

Kaepernick and former team-mate Eric Reid accused the NFL and the 32 team-team owners of stalling their career.

Since launching this protest, kneeling down in the American anthem played before the NFL Championship, Kaepernick has not found a team at the end of his term. contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017.

Reid, one of the first to join Kaepernick in his fight against police brutality against the black population, ended up returning to the NFL field at the end of last season under the Carolina Panthers jersey.

This same team made him sign this week a contract covering three seasons.

"In recent months, Kaepernick and Reid's lawyers have engaged in a dialogue with NFL officials," said one of Kaepernick's lawyers, Mark Geragos, in a statement posted on his Twitter account.

"As a result of these discussions, the two parties reached an agreement to resolve their dispute, this resolution is subject to a confidentiality agreement and there will be no other comment by any of the two parties", adds the text.

If the terms of the agreement are confidential, it is likely that the NFL has pledged to compensate Kaepernick who, in the past, had indicated that it would go to the end of the procedure, unless it received substantial financial compensation.

– Polarizing figure –

The American press mentions, without citing source, a sum of 60 to 80 million dollars.

Only the association of NFL players, the NFLPA, reacted: "We are not aware of the terms of this agreement, but we support the decision made by the players and their advice," she said.

"We are pleased that Eric (Reid) has been able to find work and we continue to hope that Colin will have a chance to play again," she added.

This agreement comes as the two parties were to face each other in an arbitration court in New York in a few days.

31-year-old Kaepernick has followed the last two NFL seasons as a spectator, but there is no reason to say that the man who drove San Francisco to the Super Bowl, the NFL grand final in February 2014, will be able to resume his career. became a polarizing figure.

He is both celebrated and hated.

This African-American, abandoned soon after his birth and adopted by a family from Wisconsin, has become one of the beasts of Donald Trump and American conservatives.

In the fall of 2017, the American president went to war against Kaepernick and his movement that wins other sports. The protesters are portrayed as bad Americans, "son of a bitch" even for Donald Trump, who, he says, despise the flag and soldiers killed or wounded in action.

On the other side of the spectrum, American sports stars, LeBron James in the lead, regularly support Kaepernick.

The sports equipment giant Nike caused a sensation and controversy in 2018 by making Kaepernick the headline of an advertising campaign that received a huge response.