Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

“Taking a Knee for the Constitution”: the Kaepernick and Reid Grievances May be Settled but Do they Nevertheless Raise Important Constitutional Questions?
Richard J. Hunter, Jr; John H. Shannon

This article is a discussion of the issues and events relating to the protests of Colin Kaepernick, an accomplished quarterback in the National Football League. Part I describes the incidents themselves, the inability of Kaepernick to secure another quarterback position, and the grievance arbitration which he filed against the National Football League. Part II deals with the question whether Kaepernick has a justiciable claim that his First Amendment rights were violated in the context of the doctrine of ―state action.

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