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Report: Mike McCarthy may be deposed in Colin Kaepernick collusion case

The coach’s comments after a question about Kaepernick are probably the trigger for trying to put him on the witness stand, but that may not be the focus of the questions he will face when he’s there.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has commented publicly about free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as he was asked about the former San Francisco 49er following Aaron Rodgers’ injury. If Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL continues on its current trajectory, it appears that the coach is certain to be deposed, per a report from Amy Dash, an attorney who contributes to CBS as a legal analyst.

Houston coach Bill O’Brien is also named as a “guaranteed” deponent. Kaepernick’s case depends on the existence of collusion between NFL teams, and one way to go about showing collusion is to put statements made by a number of organizations up against their actions. For O’Brien that includes a statement that Kaepernick is a poor fit because he “hasn’t played football in a while.” O’Brien said that shortly before Houston signed Josh Johnson, who has bounced around on NFL rosters but who has not suited up for a game since 2013 and hasn’t attempted a pass since 2011.

Dash highlights McCarthy’s supposed blow-up when he was asked about Kaepernick in a press conference a few weeks ago. However, that reaction seemed to be more in response to a reporter for asking the same question twice, not a show of anger at the question itself. The tenor of that exchange doesn’t matter, but if Kaepernick’s team can find some angle to go after the coach, they may be able to put the Packers, and the NFL in a very uncomfortable position.

McCarthy did not make any statements in that would qualify as clear cut hypocrisy, but the most interesting thing about an individual being deposed is that an opposing attorney can essentially ask a deponent about anything, ranging from personal information, to team financial information, to any number of front office topics we do not typically get to see. The NFL is extremely protective of its internal financial information and famously dislikes the Packers’ public ownership structure specifically because it allows the public a glimpse inside the organization. That secrecy comes at a price, and the mere act of deposition puts those secrets at risk, and in this case, provides Kaepernick’s group with added leverage.