He said owners should pull players who kneel from games and referred to a player who protested during the anthem as a "son of a bitch". Kaepernick is suing the NFL for collusion, arguing that league owners have purposely refused to sign him because of concerns about his protests during the anthem.
The NFL announced last week that players will be permitted to stay in the locker room during the pregame playing of The Star-Spangled Banner but must stand and show respect if they are on the field while it is played, or their teams will be subject to fines. The former 49ers quaterback believes that the league blackballed him over his political views.
The anthem debate has created a firestorm ever since Kaepernick declined to kneel for it during the 2016 preseason.
"I was totally supportive of [the players] until Trump made his statement", Ross said in his deposition before going on to say he thought Trump "changed the dialogue".
If the National Football League thinks it can pull a fast one and silence players who want to protest on the field, they need to think again.
Reid joined Kaepernick in his protest and was let go in 2017.
A separate question asked, "Do you think that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are patriotic or unpatriotic?" All said they were protesting social issues, including law enforcement treatment of African Americans.
But thus far, the debates about player protests have manifested as labor disputes.
The Journal reported that the depositions indicated that Trump's criticism of the players factored into the owners' discussions about the new anthem policy.
Attorney Mark Geragos told the "Straight Aim" podcast Tuesday that the unidentified owner's testimony proves collusion. "Tell everybody, you can't win this one".
"Yeah. Well, bingo", Geragos said.