Kaepernick deposition list includes Papa John, Mrs. Goodell

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Jane Goodell and John Schnatter are on the deposition wish list of attorneys representing out-of-work NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

According to Yahoo Sports and the Washington Post, the wife of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Schnatter, formerly the CEO of Papa John's and a vocal critic of peaceful player protests during the national anthem, are among more than a dozen requests for deposition in Kaepernick's suit alleging collusion by the league office, owners and teams to keep him out of the NFL.

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Jane Goodell was added to the deposition list only recently, per Yahoo Sports, and in part because of the admission she created the Twitter account @forargument to publicly -- if anonymously -- defend her husband from criticism. Jane Goodell was formerly an anchor for Fox News.

"It was a REALLY silly thing to do and done out of frustration - and love," Jane Goodell told the Wall Street Journal when pressed about the account registered to Jones Smith. "As a former media member, I'm always bothered when the coverage doesn't provide a complete an accurate picture of a story. I'm also a wife and a mom. I have always passionately defended the hard-working guy I love - and I always will. I just may not use Twitter to do so in the future!"

Kaepernick began his pregame protest following excessive force cases involving police. He first sat during the anthem in the 2016 season and then knelt. Eventually he was joined by his San Francisco 49ers teammates, including safety Eric Reid, and players on other teams followed suit.

Kaepernick was known to be considered during free agency by the Seattle Seahawks, who hosted the former NFC West rival with the 49ers on a formal visit, and Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens formally announced that they were being cautious about bringing in the quarterback.

Three NFL owners are on the deposition list: Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots and Bob McNair of the Houston Texans.

McNair was infamously quoted in an ESPN report as suggesting the league should crack down on protests because "we can't have the inmates running the prison."

Head coaches John Harbaugh of the Ravens and the team's general manager, Ozzie Newsome, are also on the request list from Kaepernick's attorneys. The same goes for the Seahawks' braintrust of coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider and NFL executives Troy Vincent and Arthur McAfee.

--Field Level Media