Kaepernick’s Collusion Case To Trial, Gronkowski’s New Contract, US Open Umpire Interfering
Friday, August 31, 2018
Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL will go to trial. An arbitrator threw out the NFL’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit stating there was enough evidence for the case to be heard. Kaepernick, who started the “take a knee” movement during the National Anthem, has not played since March of 2017 when he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
At 29 years old and starting his ninth NFL season, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, signed a new incentive laden contract that could make him the highest paid tight end in the League. His maximum salary for 2018 is $13.05 million which includes bonuses for playing time, receptions and touchdowns.
On Thursday a US Open umpire demonstrated questionable behavior when he stepped down from his chair to speak to Nick Kyrgios during the second set of his match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France. Kyrgios trailed 6-4, 3-0 and showed no interest in the match (which he’s been accused of doing many times before), when the umpire came to talk with him. An umpire leaving a chair to speak with a player is highly unusual and many believe unethical. It’s not clear exactly what the umpire said, but when Kyrgios went back on the court, his attitude changed, and he came back to win the match. Kyrgios will now face superstar Roger Federer on Saturday. At a news conference, Federer expressed his opinion about the intereference saying, "It's not the umpire's role to go down from the chair. But I get what he was trying to do. He (Kyrgios) behaves the way he behaves. You as an umpire take a decision on the chair, do you like it or don't you like it. But you don't go and speak like that, in my opinion. I don't know what he said. I don't care what he said. It was not just about 'How are you feeling? Oh, I'm not feeling so well.' Go back up to the chair. He was there for too long. It's a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset. It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire for that matter.”