Colin Kaepernick’s Agent Explains Situation With NFL

Earlier this week, Colin Kaepernick’s agent released a detailed statement with hopes to clear up any confusion about the ex-NFL player’s situation. The statement asks and answers a large number questions fans may have. “There have been so many false narratives in the media regarding Colin, we believe it is important to set the record straight, again. Nothing below is up for interpretation or debate, it’s the truth and nothing else,” the statement begins.

The first question reads, “Is Colin still able to seek employment in the NFL after he filed a grievance?” The answer says, “Yes. Eric Ried filed the same grievance and is currently employed by an NFL team.”

Other questions include:

“Has Colin ever had a workout with an NFL team?”

“No, not a single team has brought Colin in for a workout. Seattle brought Colin in for a visit but did not work him out. Afterwards, Pete Carroll said Colin is a ‘starter in this league.'”

“Have you reached out to every team on Colin’s behalf?

“I have reached out to all 32 teams about Colin’s employment, with little to no response from teams about an opportunity for Colin. In 25 years, I have never seen anything like it.”

Check out the full statement below.

The statement ends, “In summary, it is difficult to think another young player in NFL history with statistics and character as impressive as Colin’s and not being given an opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster after what he’s accomplished.”

Rihanna Rejects a Super Bowl Halftime Offer: 'I Just Couldn’t Be a Sellout.'

While Jay-Z has made peace with the NFL and structured a controversial partnership with Roc Nation, not everyone in the pop music world is on board with him.

This includes Rihanna, who has just confirmed that she refused to appear at the halftime show of Super Bowl LIII because of how the league treated former quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  Maroon 5, alongside Big Boi and Travis Scott, eventually played the gig.

In an interview with Vogue, Rihanna said that she “absolutely” turned down the invitation because of Kaepernick. “I just couldn’t be a sellout,” is how she put it.  She added that if anyone would gain from her appearing at the Super Bowl, it would not be “her people,” and that there are policies of the NFL that she simply does not “agree with at all.”

Accordingly, she was not going to help the NFL or its owners and stakeholders “in any way.”

In August, Jay-Z stirred up a proverbial hornet’s nest when his Roc Nation formed a partnership with NFL, particularly because Jay-Z, like Rihanna, had been critical of how the league handled Kaepernick’s situation.

As part of their multi-level partnership, Roc Nation will help the NFL select music acts for the Super Bowl, which may lead to some uncomfortable conversations with stars such as Rihanna, who are not as forgiving or as accommodating as Jay-Z.

Though, just a few weeks ago, it was reported that both Shakira and Jennifer Lopez had agreed to appear at the halftime show of Super Bowl LIV and that Jay-Z himself personally facilitated the deal. Both women are decidedly different than Rihanna in that they are not very political.

Because of that, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez may be exactly the type of performers the NFL would like to connect with their brand, given that the league reaches a wide audience of people with widely differing demographics and social views.

Rihanna Unaware Of Jay-Z’s NFL Deal When Making Super Bowl "Sell Out" Comments

Jay-Z’s move to work with the NFL has drawn a lot criticism, including from people who once praised him. Although Hov and the NFL are working on entertainment and social causes together, many have pointed out that it seems far too self-serving. Jay’s also been accused essentially turning his back on Colin Kaepernick, although Jay’s refuted that claim in the past.

Hov’s own protege, Rihanna, recently confirmed that she turned down the Super Bowl last year based on principle. She said that if she would’ve felt like a sell-out if she had taken the opportunity, especially after the amount public support she shared for Colin Kaepernick. “I couldn’t dare do that,” she said in a recent story with Vogue. “For what? Who gains from that? Not my people,” she concluded.

However, the statements she made came days before Jay-Z announced that he’d be partnering with the NFL, according to The Blast. Sources close to Rihanna clarified that those comments were made without any knowledge Jay-Z’s dealing with the organization. They said she had “no idea” negotiations were even happening in the first place.

Rihanna is still signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation so it seems very doubtful that she’d make that statement with any reason to shade Hov. However, one’s got to wonder whether she and Jay-Z ever spoke about it behind closed doors. 

 

Stephen A. Smith Clarifies Why Colin Kaepernick’s GF Had Beef With Him

Stephen A. Smith has built a name for himself as one the most respected analysts and reporters at ESPN. Every single weekday, Smith can be found on First Take giving some controversial opinions on some the day’s biggest topics. Sometimes, Smith gets people upset with his reporting and that’s exactly what happened with Colin Kaepernick‘s girlfriend, Nessa.

During an appearance on Hot 97’s “Ebro In The Morning” this past week, Smith spoke about Nessa’s issues with him and how they ultimately manifested themselves. Nessa has been quite outspoken about her boyfriend Colin and his struggles to get back into the NFL. At one point, Nessa sent a tweet that some feel cost her man a quarterback gig. Stephen A. criticized her for the tweet on First Take and during a recent meeting, she told Smith why she took issue with it.

Smith said his conversation with Nessa was pretty productive although it was clear there was some tension. Nessa claims that Smith wasn’t reporting the truth when he said the Ravens had fered Kaepernick a contract. As Smith clarifies, he heard from actual NFL owners that this was, in fact, the case and that Nessa’s tweet damaged his chances getting the deal done. 

Essentially, their beef boils down to a bit he said, she said, where Smith is confident in his sources, while Nessa wants to stand up for Kaepernick. Smith maintains he was truthful in his reporting and at this point, that’s really all he can do.

To this day, Kaepernick is continuing his battle to find work in the NFL.

Colin Kaepernick & Nike’s "Dream Crazy" Ad Wins Big At The Emmys

Colin Kaepernick shocked the football world back in 2016 when he started kneeling during the National Anthem as a means to protest police brutality and racial injustice. While Kaepernick’s actions weren’t inherently shocking, there is no doubt that many Americans took fense to what he did. Since his protests, Kaepernick has yet to be given a contract in the NFL and it looks more and more likely that he will never be given another chance in the league. Despite this, Nike has partnered with Kaepernick and last year, they teamed up for their “Dream Crazy” campaign.

Kap was the face the commercial and it immediately received critical acclaim as it showed both sides taking a stand. According to All Hip-Hop, the “Dream Crazy” ad has now won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Commercial.”

As you can see from the tweet above, Kaepernick is used as the narrator throughout the video while LeBron James, Serena Williams, and various other athletes can be seen excelling at their respective sports. 

Over the last year, Kaepernick has continued to work closely with Nike and the partnership has benefitted both sides immensely. This Emmy win is further pro that Nike and Kaepernick are a dynamic duo that transcends the sports world.

Let us know what you think about the commercial.

Colin Kaepernick’s Agent Contacts NFL Teams: ‘He’s In The Best Shape Of His Life’

Multiple NFL teams are prepared to turn to their backups quarterbacks in Week 3, as the second week the season resulted in a number stars getting injured.

For instance, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss the remainder the season as he undergoes elbow surgery, and New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees likely won’t return until Week 10 at the earliest. Not to mention, Cam Newton clearly isn’t 100% healthy, and New York Jets QB Sam Darnold has been plagued by mono.

With all the issues at the quarterback position this early in the season, Colin Kaepernick‘s name has once again resurfaced as a potential replacement. According to SNY’s Chris Williamson, some close to Kaepernick say he’s “literally in the best shape his life” right now and his agent has been reaching out to several as a number starting QBs are already expected to miss time just two weeks into the season.

Kaepernick, 31, opted out his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017 and he has not played in the league since then. Other players who protested by kneeling during the national anthem, such as his former teammate Eric Reid and wide receiver Kenny Stills, have not been blackballed from the NFL.

While Kaepernick continues his pursuit an NFL return, the Saints will be rolling with backup Teddy Bridgewater, while the Steelers get to see if second-year QB Mason Rudolph has what it takes to be Big Ben’s successor. 

Colin Kaepernick Immortalized With Stunning Diamond Chain For Charity

Colin Kaepernick might not be a legendary quarterback for his play on the field but what he has done for social justice will make his name live on forever. Whether you like it or not, Kaepernick is an incredibly influential quarterback and this will hold true even if he never returns to the NFL. There have been numerous tributes to Kaepernick over the years however none have been as extravagant as this little number by Moses the Jeweler. 

The New York City jeweler created a diamond and gold pendant which is hyperrealistic and depicts Kaepernick kneeling for the anthem. The jersey is made with VVS diamonds while 18k gold also makes its way throughout the piece. According to TMZ, it cost Moses $90,000 to put the piece together and it will be auctioned f for charity.

As right now, the starting price for the piece is $90,000 although it will probably fetch a lot more when you consider there will be quite a few wealthy people trying to cop this. Even if it’s not practical to wear on a daily basis, it would certainly be a cool collector’s item.

Let us know in the comments below what you think this piece and whether or not you would ever wear something like that.

Nike CEO Mark Parker Divulges On Why They Pulled Betsy Ross Shoe

Nike was in the center a political controversy back in July when they announced they would be pulling a Nike Air Max 1 colorway from store shelves. The shoe was patriotic in nature and featured the Betsy Ross flag which to Nike athletes like Colin Kaepernick, was a nod to a time when slavery was prevalent in society. Due to these fears, Nike ended up canceling the release the shoe and it started a whole political firestorm, with some politicians denouncing the brand.

In a new interview with Fast Company, Nike CEO Mark Parker spoke on the decision to cancel the shoe and how they respect the opinions and feelings their athletes.

Nike CEO Mark Parker Divulges On Why They Pulled Betsy Ross Shoe

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“There are values that are important to the brand and the company that we’re not going to shy away from,” Parker said. “We support the views our employees, our athletes. And yeah, we will put a stake in the ground and take a stand. I don’t want to suggest that we don’t. I think it’s probably pretty obvious that we do, and that’s a part who we are as a company.”

Parker also explained how he never intended for their decision to divide people. In fact, he wanted to make sure no one was fended and that he stands by the decision. Nike has taken a stand in the past and this time around was yet another example that.

Nike CEO Mark Parker Divulges On Why They Pulled Betsy Ross Shoe

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Jay-Z Wastes Little Time at the NFL — $400,000 Already Donated to Chicago Charities

Earlier, Jay-Z declared it was time to “get past kneeling” and focus on solutions.

The partnership between Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and the NFL has drawn plenty of controversy, from many different directions.

That included an attack from Colin Kaepernick, alongside scores of critics who blamed Jay-Z for siding with the enemy.
This could cause some to reconsider that position. Just this morning. the Roc NationNFL alliance announced that it would be donating $400,000 to two charitable organizations in Chicago that are helping empower at-risk young people.

The donations are being made through the NFL’s “Inspire Change” program with Roc Nation, which hopes to combine entertainment and social justice initiatives.  The donations will be given to the Crusher’s Club and the Better Boys Foundation (BFF) Family Services. In addition to the money, Meek Mill and Rapsody, along with Meghan Trainer and Vic Mensa, will be visiting the two organizations sometime this week and talking with those the organizations help.

The Crusher’s Club helps children in Chicago both improve their own neighborhoods and “restore their lives” while BFF Family Services provides a variety of youth services and health programs to hundreds of families in Chicago. They also provide various education and employment services.

The NFL and Roc Nation hope to bring change to every city in the league during this year’s football season, and the two see the Chicago organizations as a blueprint for how Inspire Change will work.

Reportedly, Roc Nation both vetted and selected the two Chicago organizations that will be receiving the donations.

As part of the partnership between the NFL and Roc Nation, the latter will be co-producers of the halftime show at the upcoming Super Bowl. The partnership also gives Roc Nation the ability to choose who performs at various NFL events during the season.

The first of these events was the NFL Kickoff Experience concert, which took place on September 5th just prior to the opening game of the NFL season between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers.  Meek Mill, Rapsody and Meghan Trainer all performed at Chicago’s Grant Park before the game, which was free to attend.

Colin Kaepernick Shares Workout Video With Odell Beckham Jr. Ahead Of Week 1

Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick took to instagram on Wednesday, the eve the 2019 NFL season, to share video footage a recent training session, in which he was joined by Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

According to TMZ Sports, the workout actually took place at UCLA back in July, but Kap is now sharing it with his 3.4 million IG followers to remind everyone that he has gone 917 days without an NFL contract.

Naturally, OBJ pulled in a number one-handed catches while running routes for the former Niners QB. Check out the footage in the IG post embedded below.

Kaepernick, 31, opted out his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017 and he has not played in the league since. Other players who protested by kneeling during the national anthem, such as his former teammate Eric Reid and wide receiver Kenny Stills, have not been blackballed from the NFL and both are expected to play when the new season kicks f this weekend. 

Likewise, OBJ is set to make his Cleveland Browns debut in front the Dawg Pound this Sunday as they host the Tennessee Titans.

Meek Mill and Rapsody Named NFL Inspire Change Advocates

Meek Mill, Rapsody, and Meghan Trainor have signed on as the NFL’s first Inspire Change advocates.

As part of their new partnership, the NFL and Roc Nation have announced the launch of Inspire Change apparel and Songs of the Season. All three artists will perform a free concert at Chicago’s Grant Park on Sept. 5 during the “NFL Kickoff Experience.” A portion of Meek and Trainor’s performances will air during a 40-minute televised pre-game show.

According to a press release, Inspire Change apparel will fund Inspire Change programs across the country, with proceeds benefitting education and economic empowerment, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform. Songs of the Season is a “multi-tier season-long initiative” that will showcase superstars and emerging artists and integrate their songs in NFL promotions. The songs will be released to digital streaming platforms with proceeds going toward the Inspire Change program.

This marks JAY-Z’s first order of business since announcing his controversial partnership with the NFL. The deal has been celebrated by many including Diddy and Cardi B, while others like Damon Dash and Irv Gotti have criticized JAY for turning his back on Colin Kaepernick.

Meek, who is a Roc Nation client along with Rapsody, has applauded the partnership. “real goat shit,” he tweeted after the deal was announced, adding, “Roc nation does it again ….”

Redman Stands By Roc Nation’s NFL Deal & Says "Jay-Z Has Never Really Made A Bad Move"

The Roc Nation-NFL partnership continues to ruffle feathers in the industry, but Redman is all for Jay-Z’s business moves. Many have criticized the hip hop mogul for cozying up to the league, especially following their controversial take on the kneeling protest propagated by Colin Kaepernick. However, others feel that Jay is taking the protests from the streets to the boardroom, and Reggie told Variety that he can’t wait to see how his good friend handles this situation.

“Being from the same umbrella as Jay-Z, I’m not political, but I’m sure whatever he’s going to do with the NFL, he’s going to branch out and open more doors for other players and for us to get a better understanding the NFL,” Redman told the publication. He doesn’t believe that Jay-Z, with how active he’s been in supporting Kaepernick’s protest and Black Lives Matter, wouldn’t use the opportunity to let his and others voices be heard.

Redman Stands By Roc Nation's NFL Deal & Says "Jay-Z Has Never Really Made A Bad Move"
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“Come on, Jay-Z is smart, my dude,” Redman added. “I don’t really know the details why he’s doing it, but Jay-Z has never really made a bad move during his career, so I’m sure whatever he’s doing with the NFL right now will make sense in the end, if we can just wait and hear what he’s got to say about it instead just judging from the beginning. So I’m waiting to hear what the man has got to say and I’m waiting to hear and see the execution his plans and then I can make my decision on that.”

 

Kobe Bryant Shows Love To Colin Kaepernick At The US Open: Watch

Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016 but that hasn’t stopped him from receiving universal recognition from those throughout the world. This is all because his dedication to standing up for what he feels is right. Kaepernick was essentially ousted from the league due to his kneeling protests during the National Anthem games. Some felt as though he was disrespecting the flag and the troops, which led to some steady backlash against him. Despite all this, Kaepernick is still working hard to get back into the league and hopes to find a new team sooner than later.

Kaepernick is currently in New York to watch the US Open tennis tournament and today, he was joined by YBN Cordae to watch Naomi Osaka. At one point, Kobe Bryant joined the festivities and could be seen on video dapping up Kaepernick before taking his seat.

It’s clear the two have some mutual admiration for one another especially when you consider what Kaepernick has done in terms charity. Meanwhile, Bryant is one the GOATs in his sport, so it’s no surprise that Kap would have so much respect for him.

As for Cordae, well he’s been seeing Osaka for a while now so it’s no shock he was there to support her as she won her match in straight sets.

Colin Kaepernick’s Lawyer Calls Jay Z’s NFL Partnership “Cold-Blooded”

Colin Kaepernick‘s attorney Mark Geragos let it be known today that he is not a fan Jay Z‘s recent partnership with the NFL.

In a new interview with ABC News, Geragos called into to talk about his stance on Hov’s controversial deal with the NFL, which he said was “cold-blooded.” Geragos feels that the Brooklyn rapper had already wrapped up the deal prior to reaching out to Kaepernick or the NFL about it.

“This deal between Jay-Z and the NFL crosses the intellectual picket line,” Geragos said. “I can confirm to you that the deal was already done prior to any conversation that Kaepernick] had with Jay-Z and he certainly didn’t have any conversations with the NFL,” he added.

As a result, the deal has created a division amongst several artists & players who have almost been asked to take sides between Hov and Kap. Players such as Panthers safety Eric Reid and Kenny Stills the Miami Dolphins have been critical Jay’s deal, meanwhile fellow rappers like Vic Mensa, Cardi B & Killer Mike have all thought the opposite and believe Hov will do good for Kaepernick and the black community.

We’ll continue to keep you posted on this Hov controversy moving forward. What do you think? Is Jay’s NFL deal a good or bad look?

 

Irv Gotti Says NFL Made JAY-Z ‘Look Like a Pawn’

While Cardi B thinks JAY-Z’s partnership with the NFL is a good move, Irv Gotti doesn’t seem to agree.

During an interview with Page Six, the Murder Inc. boss shared his thoughts on the highly-publicized deal between Roc Nation and the league.

Although he’s hopeful that Hov is trying to improve the NFL from within, Gotti believes that he’s being used by the league. “To sit there and watch JAY talk [at their meeting] while [NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell is sitting there quiet, it almost looks like the NFL manufactured and manipulated JAY to be the front and face of the bullshit, knowing JAY is so powerful that he can make people forget about [Colin Kaepernick and others] kneeling,” said Gotti.

Last week, the NFL and Roc Nation announced their partnership for a music and social justice campaign. JAY-Z will consult on entertainment, including the Super Bowl halftime show, and contribute to the league’s social-justice program, Inspire Change.

Gotti went on to call it “a brilliant move for the NFL,” adding, “If it was a masterminded plan, then you just used Hov for a masterminded plan and made him look like a pawn in this whole f**king thing.”

However, he said he’s willing to see how it plays out before making final judgment.

Meanwhile, others including Vic Mensa are optimistic that JAY will hire the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback now that he’s in business with the league.

“I would be surprised if Kaepernick doesn’t get a job with Hov being in the NFL,” the Chicago rapper told TMZ. “We know the NFL is a slave game, so to have a black man in there … especially a black man with a socially conscious responsibility, ’cause I know that’s how Hov feels, man … I believe that Kap gonna get that job and I believe that Hov’s intentions are in the right place.”