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Jay-Z Helped the NFL Banish Colin Kaepernick

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Yesterday the hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell held a joint media session at the Roc Nation offices in New York to seal a once-implausible partnership that isn’t being received as positively as both parties probably hoped.

I assume neither Goodell nor Jay-Z expected to be on the defensive once the NFL announced that it would give Roc Nation, the music mogul’s entertainment company, significant power in choosing the performers for the league’s signature events—including the coveted Super Bowl halftime show. Jay-Z and Roc Nation will also help augment the NFL’s social-justice initiatives by developing content and spaces where players can speak about the issues that concern them.

This wasn’t just another routine example of Jay-Z living out a lyric he’d rapped nearly 15 years ago—“I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man!” Instead, the rapper faced questions yesterday about why he chose to collaborate with the same league that he’d publicly criticized for its treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who hasn’t had an NFL job since taking a knee during the national anthem three years ago to protest police brutality and racial injustice. This is the same Jay-Z who showed support for Kaepernick by wearing his jersey on Saturday Night Live. On his megahit song “Apeshit,” Jay-Z rapped this lyric: “Once I said no to the Super Bowl: You need me, I don’t need you. Every night we in the end zone. Tell the NFL we in stadiums too.”

Now he’s in business with the league.

Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa Diab, wrote on Twitter that Kaepernick didn’t speak with Jay-Z before he brokered his deal with the NFL. Jay-Z said yesterday that he spoke to Kaepernick on Monday, but he wouldn’t divulge how their conversation went.

Jemele Hill: Kaepernick won. The NFL lost.

A source close to Kaepernick, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, told me, “It was not a good conversation.”

But it was all smiles yesterday between Jay-Z and Goodell.

“We don’t want people to come in and necessarily agree with us; we want people to come in and tell us what we can do better,” Goodell said at the press conference. “I think that’s a core element of our relationship between the two organizations, and with Jay and I personally.”

The financial arrangements have not been made public. But whatever the numbers, the NFL’s new partnership with Jay-Z is a huge win for the league. Some of the biggest celebrities in the world have voiced their support of Kaepernick, saying they would boycott the NFL until Kaepernick is back in the league.

Now that the NFL has Jay-Z’s blessing, it’s conceivable that some of those entertainers who distanced themselves from the NFL might change their mind. Jay-Z has given the NFL exactly what it wanted: guilt-free access to black audiences, culture, entertainers, and influencers.

NFL officials must have been bothered by how much Kaepernick was discussed during Super Bowl week earlier this year. Not only did Goodell have to answer more questions about why Kaepernick still isn’t receiving any interest from NFL teams, but there had also been a number of reports that the league was having a hard time finding performers for its halftime show. Some stars, including Rihanna and Cardi B, reportedly turned down the opportunity to appear at the event show out of allegiance to Kaepernick. Other celebrities, such as the comedian Amy Schumer, publicly pressured the Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine to pull out of his performance. The Reverend Al Sharpton, the civil-rights leader, blasted the rapper Travis Scott, who performed with Levine. “You can’t fight against Jim Crow and then go sit in the back of the bus,” Sharpton told TMZ.

Ironically, one of the people who also advised Scott not to perform at the Super Bowl was Jay-Z. Yesterday the Roc Nation founder said he’d told Scott he shouldn’t perform at the Super Bowl because he would be playing “second fiddle” to Maroon 5. It had nothing to do with Kaepernick.

Clearly Jay-Z’s support of Kaepernick only went so far. Regardless, why would Jay-Z waste any of his enormous social and cultural capital on the NFL when he doesn’t need the league’s platform, money, resources, or validation?

Read: The war on black athletes

I get that Jay-Z might see this as an opportunity for artists to connect with the NFL’s immense audience. He could also offer some incredible insight and direction to the league on the social-justice front, since he’s been actively engaged in such work for a long time. I also understand that, to become hip-hop’s first billionaire, Jay-Z didn’t always have the luxury of avoiding relationships and partnerships with people he disagreed with or disliked.

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Report: Kaepernick still blackballed, No interest by NFL after Workout as of yet

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It’s said that seven-team attended Colin Kaepernick’s workout after the workout was moved, nevertheless, Kaep team sent tape to 25 teams.

Colin Kaepernick who has been blackballed by the NFL because of kneeling as a way of protesting police brutality and racial injustice According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, has received no interest from any NFL team.

Kaepernick after his workout: “I’ve been ready for three years,” he said. “I’ve been denied for three years. We all know why. I came out here today and showed it in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. We’re waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, (Commissioner) Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running, stop running from the truth, stop running from the people.” Read More Here

We hope the NFL has a change of heart and stop running from the truth.

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HATER: Jerry Jones: Colin Kaepernick workout was a ‘circus’ … ‘wasn’t about football’

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Jerry Jones pride himself on running his team as a plantation owner who champions keeping all his players in check. On 105.3 Jerry who canceled representatives presents at Colin Kaepernick workout after fan threatens to boycott the so-called American team. Jerry Jones: Colin Kaepernick workout was a ‘circus’ … ‘wasn’t about football’ ‘HATER’

‘Wasn’t about football’

According to Yahoo Sports, When asked by 105.3 The Fan in Dallas about the workout being a circus, Jones agreed.

“I think so,” Jones said. … “That situation from the get go probably had a lot more that wasn’t about football involved in it, and consequently we got the results of that dynamic.”

Jones said that he believes the spectacle surrounding the workout distracted from teams’ abilities to perform a proper evaluation of Kaepernick, who hasn’t played NFL football since 2016 in the aftermath of his social justice and police brutality protests during the national anthem.

“I think it’s unfortunate that you can’t just zero in on the business at hand, and that is evaluating a player that might or might not help you win a football game or move the chains within a football game,” Jones continued.

Jones’ stance on anthem protests

Jones has built a brand around the controversy that the Cowboys won’t stand for players who kneel during the national anthem. The team hasn’t avoided players who have staged on-field protests, but Jones has made clear that once a player is a member of the Cowboys, he will stand during the national anthem.

“There’s one way to do it right in our mind, and that’s go toes on the line and stand for the anthem,” Jones said in 2017 at the height of the NFL’s anthem controversy.

The Cowboys recently traded for Michael Bennett, who has staged protests during the anthem in the past, but he has stood since joining Dallas.

Jones avoids the question about Kaepernick not finding a job

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Master P To Colin Kaepernick: Forget The NFL, Let’s Start Our Own League!

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(TMZ) — Master P had a message for Colin Kaepernick two years ago, do you agree?  WHO NEEDS THE NFL … If the league won’t let Kaep ball, he’s down to help Colin start up his own shop, and take down the shield.

Master P had a message for Colin Kaepernick two years ago, do you agree?  WHO NEEDS THE NFL, Let’s Start Our Own League!

P knows about sports startups, his Global Mixed Gender Basketball league is off to an incredible start, attracting big-name talent like the Gonzalez TwinsGlen “Big Baby” Davis, and Metta World Peace.

When TMZ got him out in L.A., TMZ had to ask P what he thought about Kaep’s situation, and P had a very simple answer if you can’t join ’em, beat ’em.

“I’ll help him start his own league. I think he should, I mean he’s a great football player. I think the NFL should have some competition.”

P’s point is that the only way Colin can ensure his right to demonstrate any way he wants is to have some ownership, and that’s exactly what he wants to do with his upstart league.

Someone get “He Hate Me” on the phone.

Colin Kaepernick speaks after Workout, We Ready, Stop Running

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