(AllHipHop News) The Hip Hop community continues to discuss Jay-Z's decision to partner with the National Football League and how that deal affects Colin Kaepernick still not being signed by a team. Indiana's Freddie Gibbs inserted himself into the debate by posting a video on social media.
"I'm riding with Jay-Z, straight up. F*ck Colin Kaepernick," said Gibbs. "All y'all n*ggas marched for Colin Kaepernick and he took a settlement and ain't tell y'all what he got or nothing. He settled. Let it go. Y'all hating on Jay-Z for trying to own something in the NFL. Y'all n*ggas some motherf*cking crabs."
Some people took issue with Gibbs' comments. For example, noted sports journalist Jemele Hill tweeted, "Well played, NFL. You got exactly what you wanted," insinuating the league's main objective was to get the public to turn on Kaepernick. Hill had previously written a critical op-ed about Jay's new association with the NFL. Her article was published in The Atlantic under the heading, "Jay-Z Helped the NFL Banish Colin Kaepernick."
Following some uproar over his video, Gibbs returned to Instagram to address the situation. The Bandana album creator offered a direct message to Kaepernick before responding to online detractors.
"Hey Colin Kaepernick, I said f*ck you, fam. N*gga, I wake up in the morning and tell my best friend 'f*ck you.' I think I told my daddy 'f*ck you' the other day. Don't be hurt by that. But I mean what I said about that other sh*t though," stated Gibbs. The Hip Hop artist added, "My word is bond. For all you little internet trolling n*ggas, you can keep tweeting and keep chirping and all that old f*ck sh*t. Nobody gonna beat my ass."
Kaepernick has allegedly been blackballed by NFL owners after the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback ignited the "Take A Knee" protests against racial injustice during the playing of the national anthem. He eventually settled a collusion grievance with the NFL, and the league reportedly paid Kap less than $10 million. All parties involved signed a confidentiality agreement about the matter.
Last week, Jay-Z's Roc Nation announced a new long-term partnership with the NFL. The company will serve as the league’s official Live Music Entertainment Strategists. Additionally, the deal includes a component connected to the NFL's Inspire Change. That initiative will reportedly focus on priorities areas identified by NFL players with a focus on education and economic advancement, improving police-community relations, and fighting for criminal justice reform.
"With its global reach, the National Football League has the platform and opportunity to inspire change across the country,” said Jay-Z in a press release. “Roc Nation has shown that entertainment and enacting change are not mutually exclusive ideas – instead, we unify them. This partnership is an opportunity to strengthen the fabric of communities across America.”