Kaepernick's legal team is expected to seek federal subpoenas in the coming weeks to compel testimony from Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other officials familiar with the president's agenda on protesting National Football League players, sources with knowledge of the quarterback's collusion case against the National Football League told Yahoo Sports.
Lawyers for Kaepernick and Reid are prepared to argue that Trump and Pence's rhetoric in their official capacities have shaped the league's position on the matter, while neither player has a contract to play in the 2018-2019 NFL season.
Trump's comments appeared to be the first time he has acknowledged that players are protesting social injustice and police brutality rather than the anthem itself.
A majority of Americans, by a 58% to 35% margin, believe NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem in protest are "not unpatriotic", according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. This comes, Yahoo notes, "after recent disclosures that multiple owners had direct talks with Trump about players kneeling during the national anthem".
"Tell everybody, you can't win this one", Trump reportedly added.
"I'm going to take a look at those applications", Trump said.
However, to compel Trump to testify, Kaepernick's legal team will need to make a compelling, detailed argument as to the relevance and impact the testimonies would have on the grievance. This one lifts me'. And 51 percent opposed fining players who kneeled during the anthem, compared with 44 percent who backed it.
Trump, speaking Friday in front of reports ahead of the G7 summit, offered somewhat of a deal to the players who continue to protest.
"Voters are clearly torn on the National Anthem issue".