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Former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick files grievance against NFL over alleged collusion

Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging the owners colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protests during the playing of the national anthem before games.

The grievance alleges the league's owners "colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick's leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice."

The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Instead of filing the grievance through the NFL Players Association, Kaepernick has hired attorney Mark Geragos, who has represented several high-profile clients, including Michael Jackson, former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield and musician Chris Brown.

Geragos said in a statement given to exclusively to ABC News Sunday night that the grievance was filed "only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives."

Kaepernick's goal, he said, was just to be treated fairly and to return to playing football in the NFL, "the league he performed at the highest level for."

The NFL Players Association said in a statement that it had been in contact with Kaepernick for the past year about his options, but only on Sunday learned he had decided to file the grievance, through media reports.

"Our union has a duty to assist Mr. Kaepernick as we do all players and we will support him," the statement said, adding that the union is scheduling a call with his advisers for early this week.

Kaepernick, who has not been with an NFL team since he severed his contract with the 49ers in March, began his silent protest of kneeling during the anthem in the 2016 preseason. He told the media he was protesting against the treatment of blacks in the United States.

Some other NFL players followed his lead during the 2016 season, drawing a mixed response from football fans and the general public, with some supporting the protest and others not.

But Kaepernick's most visible impact seemed to come at the start of this season, even though he himself had not been signed to a team, after President Trump at a campaign-style rally in Alabama slammed NFL players who participate in the protest.

The president told the crowd at the rally on Sept. 22 that teams should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

In response at NFL games over the next few days, many more players kneeled during the anthem or locked arms with teammates and in some cases also with their team's owners.

In his statement, Geragos did not name the president, but referred to Trump's call for protesting players to be fired, saying: "Athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the executive branch of our government. Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation."

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Oakland A's respond to young fan's heartbreaking letter after home destroyed in fires

Brandon Wade/Getty Images(SANTA ROSA, CA.) -- A young Santa Rosa resident wrote an emotional letter to his favorite professional baseball team, the Oakland Athletics, after his home burned to the ground along with all of his favorite sports memorabilia.

Nine-year-old Loren Jaden Smith wrote to the team:

"I love watching your A's games... I want to be an A's player and I play at Mark West Little League in Santa Rosa. I played baseball in my backyard all day loving the A's and making up my own game. In my backyard they won six World Series in a row. But my house burned down in the Santa Rosa fire and my saddest things were my baseball collection cards... my 17 jerseys and 10 hats and my baseball from the game and also a ball signed by the whole team and Rickey Henderson and Bob Melvin. I am 9-years-old and I had a major league baseball and it all burned up... so sad. I know you are not all together but hope they get this."

Young @Athletics fan pens heartbreaking letter to team after losing all of his baseball memorabilia in the #NorthBayFires #abc7now pic.twitter.com/5dNDt5PLkY

— Katie Utehs (@KatieUtehs) October 15, 2017

ABC News affiliate KGO-TV in San Francisco met Loren's family in the wake of the wildfire and tweeted a photo of his letter to the Athletics and the team's president, Dave Kaval.

"This is so touching. So sad to hear about their loss. We would be happy to completely outfit the family in new Athletics gear," Kaval replied to the post.

"It breaks my heart just that he is not going to be back here screaming and yelling home runs that he hit over the fence with the whiffle ball to the neighbors," the boy's father Tait Smith, told KGO, referring to the yard of the family's destroyed home.

Retired A's pitcher Dan Haren reached out on Twitter offering to help the boy's family.

A spokeswoman for the A's said that a meeting between the family and the team has been set for later this week and will likely include a few surprises.

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Packers star Aaron Rodgers breaks collar bone, may miss remainder of season

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke right collarbone during Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings after a hit by linebacker Anthony Barr.

In the first quarter of the game, Barr was chasing Rodgers as the quarterback was looking for a receiver. As Rodgers threw the ball, Barr hit him in the midsection driving him to the ground. Rodgers hit the ground on his throwing shoulder.

The team said Rodgers could miss the remainder of the season.

Backup quarterback Brett Hundley took over for Rodgers in the 23-10 loss. Green Bay is expected to promote Joe Callahan from the practice squad to serve as Hundley's backup.

In 2013, Rodgers broke his left collarbone and missed seven starts. He is expected to miss the rest of this season because he broke the collarbone in his throwing arm.

In six games this season, Rodgers threw for 1,385 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Green Bay fell to 4-2 on the season.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/15/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:

NATIONAL LEAGUE

L.A. Dodgers 4, Chi Cubs   1

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Vegas 3, Boston 1
Buffalo 3, Anaheim 1
L.A. Kings 3, N.Y. Islanders 2

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Washington 26, San Francisco 24
Chicago 27, Baltimore 24; OT
Houston 33, Cleveland 17
New Orleans 52, Detroit 38
Minnesota 23, Green Bay 10
Miami 20, Atlanta 17
New England 24, N.Y. Jets 17
Arizona 38, Tampa Bay 33
L.A. Rams 27, Jacksonville 17
Pittsburgh 19, Kansas City 13
L.A. Chargers 17, Oakland 16
 N.Y. Giants 23, Denver 10

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/14/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 2, N.Y. Yankees 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers 5, Chicago Cubs 2

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Philadelphia 8, Washington 2
Pittsburgh 4, Florida 3
Tampa Bay 2, St. Louis 1
Winnipeg 2, Carolina 1
OT Toronto 4, Montreal 3
New Jersey 3, N.Y. Rangers 2
Dallas 3, Colorado 1
OT Columbus 5, Minnesota 4
OT Chicago 2, Nashville 1
Boston 6, Arizona 2
Calgary 5, Vancouver 2
Ottawa 6, Edmonton 1
N.Y. Islanders 3, San Jose 1
L.A. Kings 4, Buffalo 2

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
(1) Alabama 41, Arkansas 9
(4) Georgia 53, Missouri 28
Arizona St. 13, (5) Washington 7
(6) TCU 26, Kansas St. 6
(7) Wisconsin 17, Purdue 9
(9) Ohio St. 56, Nebraska 14
LSU 27, (10) Auburn 23
(11) Miami 25, Georgia Tech 24
(12) Oklahoma 29, Texas 24
(13) Southern Cal 28, Utah 27
(14) Oklahoma St. 59, Baylor 16
OT (17) Michigan 27, Indiana 20
(18) South Florida 33, Cincinnati 3
Boise St. 31, (19) San Diego St. 14
(20) NC State 35, Pittsburgh 17
(21) Michigan St. 30, Minnesota 27
(22) UCF 63, East Carolina 21
(23) Stanford 49, Oregon 7
West Virginia 46, (24) Texas Tech 35
Memphis 30, (25) Navy 27

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/13/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 2, N.Y. Yankees 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON

Charlotte 111, Dallas 96
Cleveland 113, Orlando 106
Washington 110, N.Y. Knicks 103
Toronto 125, Chicago 104
Memphis 142, New Orleans 101
San Antonio 106, Houston 97
Philadelphia 119, Miami 95
Milwaukee 107, Detroit 103
Phoenix 114, Brisbane Bullets 93
Portland 129, Haifa Maccabi 81
Golden State 117, Sacramento 106
L.A. Lakers 111, L.A. Clippers 104
 
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Washington 5, New Jersey 2
Columbus 3, N.Y. Rangers 1
Colorado 3, Anaheim 1
Ottawa 6, Calgary 0
Detroit 6, Vegas 3

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Syracuse 27, (2) Clemson 24
California 37, (8) Washington St. 3

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/12/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores from today's sports events:

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chi Cubs 9, Washington 8

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 5, Pittsburgh 4
Florida 5, St. Louis 2
Nashville 4, Dallas 1
Minnesota 5, Chicago 2
Winnipeg 4, Vancouver 2
Detroit 4, Arizona 2
San Jose 3, Buffalo 2

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 28, Carolina 23

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