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Roger Goodell will be deposed in Kaepernick collusion case

Roger Goodell, five NFL team owners and two league executives will be deposed They will have to turn..

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  • 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

By Kelly Mclaughlin For Mailonline and Alex Raskin For Dailymail.com

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.

Goodell, several owners and at least two NFL executives will have to turn over cellphone records and emails in relation to the case, a legal insider told ESPN.

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

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 playersKaepernick  (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

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 caseDallas Cowboys owner and general manger Jerry Jones is one of the many team owners being deposed in the case

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 businessHouston'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

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 McAfeAlong with Goodell, league executives who will be disposed include executive vice president/football operations Troy Vincent and senior vice president of player engagement Arthur McAfeKaepernick has been a free agent since March, following a 2016 NFL season in which he created significant controversy by kneeling during the National AnthemKaepernick has been a free agent since March, following a 2016 NFL season in which he created significant controversy by kneeling during the National Anthem

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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Australia: Scott Morrison saga casts scrutiny on Queen’s representative

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In the past fortnight, Australia has been gripped by revelations that former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to several additional ministries.

The move has been labelled a “power grab” by his successor as prime minister, and Mr Morrison has been scolded by many – even his own colleagues.

But the scandal has also dragged Australia’s governor-general into the fray – sparking one of the biggest controversies involving the Queen’s representative in Australia in 50 years.

So does Governor-General David Hurley have questions to answer, or is he just collateral damage?

‘Just paperwork’

Governors-general have fulfilled the practical duties as Australia’s head of state since the country’s 1901 federation.

Candidates for the role were initially chosen by the monarch but are now recommended by the Australian government.

The job is largely ceremonial – a governor-general in almost every circumstance must act on the advice of the government of the day. But conventions allow them the right to “encourage” and “warn” politicians.

Key duties include signing bills into law, issuing writs for elections, and swearing in ministers.

Mr Hurley has run into trouble on the latter. At Mr Morrison’s request, he swore the prime minister in as joint minister for health in March 2020, in case the existing minister became incapacitated by Covid.

Over the next 14 months, he also signed off Mr Morrison as an additional minister in the finance, treasury, home affairs and resources portfolios.

Mr Morrison already had ministerial powers, so Mr Hurley was basically just giving him authority over extra departments.

It’s a request the governor-general “would not have any kind of power to override or reject”, constitutional law professor Anne Twomey tells the BBC.

“This wasn’t even a meeting between the prime minister and the governor-general, it was just paperwork.”

But Mr Morrison’s appointments were not publicly announced, disclosed to the parliament, or even communicated to most of the ministers he was job-sharing with.

Australia’s solicitor-general found Mr Morrison’s actions were not illegal but had “fundamentally undermined” responsible government.

But the governor-general had done the right thing, the solicitor-general said in his advice this week.

It would have been “a clear breach” for him to refuse the prime minister, regardless of whether he knew the appointments would be kept secret, Stephen Donaghue said.

Critics push for investigation

Ultimately, Mr Hurley had to sign off on Mr Morrison’s requests, but critics say he could have counselled him against it and he could have publicised it himself.

But representatives for the governor-general say these types of appointments – giving ministers the right to administer other departments – are not unusual.

And it falls to the government of the day to decide if they should be announced to the public. They often opt not to.

Mr Hurley himself announcing the appointments would be unprecedented. He had “no reason to believe that appointments would not be communicated”, his spokesperson said.

Emeritus professor Jenny Hocking finds the suggestion Mr Hurley didn’t know the ministries had been kept secret “ridiculous”.

“The last of these bizarre, duplicated ministry appointments… were made more than a year after the first, so clearly by then the governor-general did know that they weren’t being made public,” she says.

“I don’t agree for a moment that the governor-general has a lot of things on his plate and might not have noticed.”

The historian says it’s one of the biggest controversies surrounding a governor-general since John Kerr caused a constitutional crisis by sacking Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975.

Prof Hocking famously fought for transparency around that matter – waging a lengthy and costly legal battle that culminated in the release of Mr Kerr’s correspondence with the Queen.

And she says the same transparency is needed here.

The Australian public need to know whether Mr Hurley counselled the prime minister against the moves, and why he didn’t disclose them

The government has already announced an inquiry into Mr Morrison’s actions, but she wants it to look at the governor-general and his office too.

“If the inquiry is to find out what happened in order to fix what happened, it would be extremely problematic to leave out a key part of that equation.”

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – Mr Morrison’s predecessor – has also voiced support for an inquiry.

“Something has gone seriously wrong at Government House,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“It is the passive compliance along the chain… that did undermine our constitution and our democracy… that troubles me the most. This is how tyranny gets under way.”

PM defends governor-general

Prof Twomey says the criticism of Mr Hurley is unfair – there’s was no “conspiracy” on his part to keep things secret.

“I don’t think it’s reasonable for anyone to expect that he could have guessed that the prime minister was keeping things secret from his own ministers, for example.

“Nobody really thought that was a possibility until about two weeks ago.”

Even if he had taken the unprecedented step to publicise the appointments or to reject Mr Morrison’s request, he’d have been criticised, she says.

“There’d be even more people saying ‘how outrageous!'” she says. “The role of governor-general is awkward because people are going to attack you either way.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also defended Mr Hurley, saying he was just doing his job.

“I have no intention of undertaking any criticism of [him].”

A role fit for purpose?

Prof Hocking says it’s a timely moment to look at the role of the governor-general more broadly.

She points out it’s possible the Queen may have been informed about Mr Morrison’s extra ministries when Australia’s parliament and people were not.

“It does raise questions about whether this is fit for purpose, as we have for decades been a fully independent nation, but we still have… ‘the relics of colonialism’ alive and well.”

Momentum for a fresh referendum on an Australian republic has been growing and advocates have seized on the controversy.

“The idea that the Queen and her representative can be relied upon to uphold our system of government has been debunked once and for all,” the Australian Republic Movement’s Sandy Biar says.

“It’s time we had an Australian head of state, chosen by Australians and accountable to them to safeguard and uphold Australia’s constitution.”

But Prof Twomey says republicans are “clutching at straws” – under their proposals, the head of state would also have been bound to follow the prime minister’s advice.

“It wouldn’t result in any changes that would have made one iota of difference.”

 

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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania

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A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.

Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.

The other driver involved was not hurt.

Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.

The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.

“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.

“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”

Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.

Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.

Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.

Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.

In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.

Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.

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Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos

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Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.

Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.

While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.

“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.

A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.

Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.

“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.

He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.

“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”

The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.

“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.

Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.

On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.

Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.

But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.

Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.

“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”

The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.

The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.

“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.

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