- Roger Goodell, five NFL team owners and two league executives will be deposed
- They will have to turn over cellphone records and emails in relation to the case
- Among owners being deposed are Jerry Jones and New England's Robert Kraft
- Kaepernick argues that 32 NFL owners have colluded to keep him out of the NFL
- He claims that it is punishment for igniting controversial protests among players
Published: 08:20 EST, 6 November 2017 | Updated: 08:40 EST, 6 November 2017
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be deposed as part of Colin Kaepernick's collusion case against the football league, it has been revealed.
Kaepernick argues in his lawsuit that 32 NFL owners have colluded to keep him out of the league as punishment for igniting controversial protests among players.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, several owners and at least two NFL executives will have to turn over cellphone records and emails, in relation to Kaepernick's collusion case
Kaepernick (right, in 2016) filed a lawsuing claiming that 32 NFL owners have colluded to keep him out of the league as punishment for igniting controversial protests among players
NFL owners who will be deposed include Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, New England's Robert Kraft, Bob McNair of the Houston Texans, Seattle's Paul Allen and San Francisco's Jed York.
The owners were selected based on their public statements about Kaepernick or players protesting during the pre-game national anthem.
McNair recently caused controversy for saying the NFL 'can't have inmates running the prison' when discussing his frustration with the way the recent kneeling protests had affected the NFL's business
Jones said that he was aware of the case through news reports but had not been officially contacted by Kaepernick's legal team.
Along with Goodell, league executives who will be disposed include executive vice president/football operations Troy Vincent and senior vice president of player engagement Arthur McAfee, the insider told ESPN.
Kaepernick has been a free agent since March, following a 2016 NFL season in which he created significant controversy as a member of the San Francisco 49ers by protesting inequality and police brutality against minorities by kneeling and sitting during the national anthem.
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manger Jerry Jones is one of the many team owners being deposed in the case
Houston's Bob Mcnair will also be deposed. He recently caused controversy for saying the NFL 'can't have inmates running the prison' when discussing his frustration with the way the recent kneeling protests had affected the NFL's business
At Sunday's games, about 18 NFL players, including Miami's Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills and 49ers players Eric Reid, Eli Harold and Marquise Goodwin, kneeled during the anthem.
According to Kaepernick's lawsuit, '[The owners] have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick's leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.'
After filing the lawsuit, Kaepernick said on Twitter that he had done so 'only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives'.
Kaepernick previously led the 49ers to three NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl.
Both New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers have said they believe Kaepernick deserves to be on an NFL roster, with Rodgers going so far as to tell ESPN he thinks the Wisconsin native is being blackballed.
'I think he should be on a roster right now,' Rodgers said. 'I think because of his protests, he's not.'
Recently Kaepernick's attorney Mark Geragos predicted his client's imminent return to the NFL.
Along with Goodell, league executives who will be disposed include executive vice president/football operations Troy Vincent and senior vice president of player engagement Arthur McAfe. Kaepernick has been a free agent since March, following a 2016 NFL season in which he created significant controversy by kneeling during the National Anthem
'I think within the next 10 days somebody will sign him,' Garagos told the Adam Carolla podcast. 'I think somebody's gonna sign him. I think the NFL has to come to their senses, and realize every day that goes by just proves the collusion case even more.'
Kaepernick's ex-teammate, Reid, said the players have sent a letter to NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent seeking another meeting with ownership.
Reid said Kaepernick would attend this meeting after not being part of one last month.
'Colin started this protest. He's the reason that we're having these discussions with the NFL,' Reid said. 'So I think it only makes sense that he's there.
'Secondly, we are asking that a mediator be there, just to keep the conversation going. The first meeting was great. We were there for four hours.
'But I feel like we were talking in circles a little bit. So we want a mediator there to keep the conversation resolution-oriented, and I'm hoping that I hear back from Troy soon.'
Most weeks, a handful of players – almost all of them black – have protested during the anthems.
On September 24, however, more than 200 players protested after President Donald Trump said owners should fire any players who didn't stand for the anthem.
The latest round of protests came one day after a video circulated on social media of retired Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully saying that he 'will never watch another NFL game' because he's so disappointed by the protests and he has 'overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war'.
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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms
The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.
The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.
All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.
It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.
British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.
The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.
The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.
It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.
“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.
“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”
The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.
It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.
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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official
Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.
The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.
Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.
Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.
“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.
Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”
However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.
Australia’s tight restrictions
The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.
Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.
Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.
Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.
Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.
Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.
The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.
While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.
Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.
In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55699581
Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection
The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.
Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.
Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.
It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.
The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.
Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”
“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.
“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”
Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.
Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.
For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.
Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.
A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.
Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane
Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane
At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.
When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.
Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.
While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.
But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.
And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.
And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55582836
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