We've Made It To The Next Step Of The Colin Kaepernick Collusion Case, Which Means Someone Finally Said "No" To The NFL
From what I understand (which is not a whole hell of a lot when it comes to the justice system), this was just a preliminary proceeding that basically did nothing other than declare Colin Kaepernick's case as something at least slightly more solid than the most bullish of bullshit. I have absolutely no idea what it might mean going forward, but the important thing is that this is, indeed, going forward.
Now, I never really suspected that it wouldn't, as it's pretty obvious Colin Kaepernick was either blackballed or something all-too-similar, but the fact that someone finally said "no" to a league that usually has full autonomy in its unadulterated stupidity makes this feel like a bigger win than it actually is. If only because the NFL is officially going to be made to sweat by the trying of a presumably formidable collusion case, I am already kind of impressed by how far this has gotten.
That, of course, is probably just because I've come to expect a professional football league, of all entities, to get away with blindly governing itself with the consistency of Jerry Jones' stool. Still, watching David get in the first shot on Goliath, no matter how little damage it inflicted, gave me the much needed reminder that the most deep-seated of organizational idiocy (i.e. thinly veiled racism) isn't entirely beyond reproach.
I'm fully aware that things can go very south from here, as it's typically only in the movies that standing up to the playground bully works out favorably for the underdog. That said, we do have ourselves a fight. As large as the NFL looms, we've never really seen it have to throw such high stakes punches in this type of arena, as it's opposition is typically disarmed contractually. Let's see how it fares on its own, as its BFF of a CBA can't just jump in with an upper hand and an iron fist whenever its called upon.