J. Cole Backs Colin Kaepernick After Jay-Z Announces Deal With The NFL

“I said no to the Super Bowl. You need me, I don't need you,” rapped Hov on the “APESH*T" single.

(AllHipHop News) The public is still processing the news that Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is partnering with the NFL. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company is reportedly working with the football league on entertainment programs and social justice initiatives.

Some critics of the deal, such as Carolina Panthers player Eric Reid and activist Shaun King, had concerns that Colin Kaepernick is still not signed to a team. Kaepernick has been arguing that he was blackballed by NFL executives for kneeling during the national anthem as a form of silent protest against police brutality.

“We forget that Colin's whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice. In that case, this is a success. This is the next phase," Carter is quoted saying during a press conference with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. "There [are] two parts of protesting. You go outside and you protest, and then the company or the individual says, 'I hear you. What do we do next?'”

The billionaire businessman added, “Everyone heard, we hear what you're saying, and everybody knows I agree with what you're saying [in Kaepernick's underlying message]. So what are we gonna do? You know what I'm saying? [Help] millions and millions of people, or we get stuck on Colin not having a job."

Kaepernick has not directly responded to the Jay-Z/Roc Nation/NFL partnership. However, he did tweet, “I continue to work and stand with the people in our fight for liberation, despite those who are trying to erase the movement! The movement has always lived with the people!”

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback also shared a tweet from Roc Nation artist J. Cole that offered support to his cause. The North Carolina native posted, “Thank you @Kaepernick7 we ain’t forgot. @nfl let the man work.”

Cole has been signed to Roc Nation since 2009. He was the first artist to officially join Jay’s record label. In addition, the two Hip Hop stars were introduced as artist-owners of the Tidal streaming service in 2015.

Besides his new cooperation with the NFL, Jay-Z also aligned with New England Patriots main shareholder Robert Kraft and other high-profile tycoons to start the REFORM Alliance, an organization dedicated to fighting for criminal justice reform. Roc Nation affiliated emcee Meek Mill is the Co-Chair of REFORM Alliance.

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realhipzter22
realhipzter22

Do you hate all the other black NFL players that's just collecting checks and staying mute or is it just Jay you guys hate? If you want the NFL to change one of us needs to have a seat at the table. We've been kneeling for the past 3 years and nothing has changed.

Lilrichard
Lilrichard

Truthfully I wanna rhyme like I'm Common Sense...

ZUBU
ZUBU

"or we get stuck on Colin not having a job."

That statement right there says it all from Jay's perspective. He trying to get the M's. He don't care about Colin or anything else but the M's. I know he has given money to some worthy causes as mentioned, but Jay need to jump on the front line. He on the sideline writing a check which is essentially a tax write-off. Jump on the front-line like Harry Belafonte who Jay disrespected a few years back, like Jackie Robinson, Jim Brown, Bill Russell, Ali, James Brown, etc. Lost more respect for Jay.

Bottom line is he just trying to make money for him and that wig-wearing, thick neck broad he married to, and them funny looking kids they got. Having said that there is nothing wrong with getting your money, just don't piss on us and tell us it's raining...

Oh all y'all Jay fans and I am a fan of the artist but not necessarily the person/business man.. Y'all can kiss my natural black asssss!

HotShotty
HotShotty

Some of you guys are funny. It was fuck the NFL last year but Hov do a deal with them its a boss move lol. Kaep got a 10 million dollar settlement from the NFL as well , so I personally think that he doesn't even have to play. He got the nike deal as well I think he is looking good. I believe what should happen is that Kaep and Jay need to have a sitdown with the NFL.

PointGuard_QB
PointGuard_QB

I'm going to take the "wait & see"approach to this..If some good come out I don't care how it happens..Kaep deserve an opportunity but if this help our community i'm all for it..Kaep is important to the movement but he's not the movement..

SleazyBear
SleazyBear

Jay is my guy and I love what he's done with his career. But this comes across as trying to turn 1bil to 2 instead of helping a serious issue about freedom of speech.

Milwaukee crew
Milwaukee crew

Reno loves Colin kaepernick like Oakland loves Marshawn lynch #facts