Kaepernick lawyers seek depositions of Robert Kraft, other National Football League owners

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

Adam Schefter of ESPN noted Friday those owners are being deposed for cellphone records and emails in connection with the case.

Kaepernick's high-profile lawyer Mark Geragos last month confirmed that a grievance was filed accusing NFL owners of colluding to keep Kaepernick off team rosters over the trend he began previous year of players taking a knee or sitting during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Kaep began the wave of protests back when he was signed with San Francisco in September 2016.

Earlier this week, Yahoo reported that the list of the targets of Kaepernick's collusion claim were expected to include Kraft, Jones, Trump, Roger Goodell, the Seahawks, the Titans and the Ravens. Dallas owner Jerry Jones said the National Football League can't leave the impression that it tolerates players disrespecting the flag and that any of his Cowboys making such displays won't play. "You might have been able to say some things before the suit but right now you're pretty much limited", Jones said.

The NFL Player's Association has extended an offer to help Kaepernick "as we do all players", but Kaep made a decision to forgo their aid and to hire Geragos instead.

The NFLPA has offered Kaepernick its support and reiterated its readiness to assist him, "as we do all players".

ABC News reached out to Geragos for comment, but he has not replied as of this writing.

Kaepernick drew national attention last season when he knelt during the national anthem before games to protest social injustice. Sources told Schefter at the time that Kaepernick would stand during the anthem in 2017.

The request by Kaepernick's legal team was previously reported by other media outlets, including CBS and ESPN.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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