Colin Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL is now a family affair.
Jane Goodell, wife of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, was added to the list of deposition requests by Kaepernick’s legal team in his grievance against the league, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Jane Goodell joins John Schnatter, the former Papa John’s CEO, to be requested for deposition this week after the quarterback’s legal team spent the last two months combing through text messages, emails and phone records, which were handed over by Roger Goodell, several league executives, NFL team personnel and coaches.
Kaepernick filed his grievance in October and alleges that the league, owners and teams colluded to keep him out of the league for his role in leading player protests during the national anthem.
Colin Kaepernick’s legal team now wants to hear from the wife of the NFL commissioner.
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Jane, a former Fox News anchor, infamously made news last October when a Wall Street Journal report exposed her for using a fake Twitter account to defend her husband’s public image.
Some of her defensive tweets were related to how her husband was handling the protests during the national anthem.
There is one particular instance of Jane’s now-defunct fake Twitter account, @forargument, ripping an ESPN story regarding her husband and the player protests as recently as October. She wrote, “[THIS] Reads like press release from players’ union. You can do better reporting. ([NFLPA executive director] D Smith sounds like D Trump with the inaccurate firebombs).”
Jane explained the Twitter account to the Wall Street Journal, saying she created it to defend her husband from inaccurate reporting but has since deleted it.
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The depositions in the grievance are expected to occur in the coming weeks.
Along with Jane and Schnatter, Yahoo! Sports reports that the following people will also be deposed: Roger Goodell, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Texans owner Bob McNair, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and GM Ozzie Newsome, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider and NFL executives Troy Vincent and Arthur McAfee.
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