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.”

Rapsody On Jay Z’s NFL Partnership: "You Got To Make Change From The Inside"

Jay Z‘s partnership with the NFL has brought on a variety reactions from people who support the rapper but also an even number people such as Eric Reid who called Jay “despicable” since he once declined a chance to perform at the halftime show and boycotted the sports league for what they did to Colin Kaepernick.

Rapsody is another act to share her opinion on the matter – specifically Jay telling the media that we’re “past kneeling” – and according to her, Jay’s affiliation with the NFL is a great move “because you got to make change from the inside.”

“JAY-Z] said it perfectly,” she told the crew over at The Breakfast Club, as seen below. “If the issue why we were kneeling was to bring awareness to these issues than that’s exactly what’s happening. It’s not about the kneeling… It’s not about Kaepernick either. Kaepernick wanted to bring awareness but it’s bigger than that. And if you’re going to get Kaepernick in there’s no better way than having JAY-Z sit at the table and figure this thing out.”

“For one, when has Jay-Z ever taken a knee to come out and tell us that we’re past kneeling?” Eric said in response to Jay’s comment. “Yes, he’s done a lot great work, a lot great social justice work. But for you to get paid to go into an NFL press conference and say that we’re past kneeling? Again, asinine. Players Coalition 2.0, he got paid to take the bullets he’s taking now because we’re not having it.”

Killer Mike Supports JAY-Z’s NFL Move: "It Doesn’t Destroy What Kaepernick Kneeled For"

Killer Mike stopped by HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher this week and was asked about JAY-Z’s recent alignment with the NFL. The Run The Jewels MC made it abundantly clear he’s all for the Roc Nation mastermind’s decision to link up with the professional football league.

He told Maher it will ultimately lead to former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick getting a tryout and doesn’t take away his fight for social justice reform.

“JAY-Z’s play — I believe — not only gives us a seat at the table … it doesn’t destroy what Kaepernick kneeled for,” he said. “What he kneeled for was proper treatment of us by state agent, by police. That does not end with him getting a job. The same way him kneeling is not an insult to the military.

“It is, as an American, asserting your first amendment rights, saying something is wrong … I believe if JAY-Z becomes a team owner, Kaep gets his tryout.”

The newly minted Hip Hop billionaire’s move has created controversy among both fans and peers.

Freddie Gibbs blatantly stated, “Fuck Colin Kaepernick” as he defended Jay, while Kaepernick’s girlfriend and radio personality Nessa expressed her disappointment in Hov’s bold business move.

On Monday (August 19), Funkmaster Flex said he confirmed with Jermaine Dupri that Jay had discouraged the So So Def boss from getting too deeply involved with the NFL, making his decision to work with them even more perplexing.

Irv Gotti Diminishes Jay-Z’s NFL Deal: "They Made Him Look Like A Pawn"

When Jay-Z announced his newly-inked partnership with the NFL, it seemed to send ripples throughout the hip-hop and football community alike. Given everything that transpired with Colin Kaepernick and the injustice he faced upon taking that fateful knee, many believed an alliance with the NFL to be a dubious maneuver. As such, a narrative emerged in which Jay was essentially fraternizing with the enemies, despite positioning himself to instill change into a broken system. Some, like NFL players Eric Reid and Kenny Stills, were particularly heated in their assessment. Yet Irv Gotti, who previously worked with Jay on a variety late-nineties works, held a different belief altogether.

Irv Gotti Diminishes Jay-Z's NFL Deal: "They Made Him Look Like A Pawn"

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Speaking with Page Six, Irv suggest that the NFL is simply using Jay-Z as a means to an end. “To sit there and watch Jay talk while Roger Goodell is sitting there quiet, it almost looks like the NFL manufactured and manipulated Jay to be the front and face the bullshit, knowing Jay is so powerful that he can make people forget about Kaepernick and other players] kneeling,” he explained. “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.”

At this point, Hov seems to be on the outside looking in, judged by many who once proudly called him GOAT. The benefit the doubt appears to be out the window, and one has to wonder if and when Jay will address the fallout. Do you think it’s disrespectful to brush the Jigga Man f as a mere pawn, thus removing any and all agency from his decisionmaking process? Or is the Murda Inc hitmaker onto something?

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Colin Kaepernick Reveals A 2015 Police Shooting Sparked His Activism

In a new cover story with Paper Magazine, Colin Kaepernick opened up about the incident that triggered his civil rights activism, and that being the 2015 shooting death Mario Woods. Colin says he was deeply disturbed by Woods’ death, a black man who was shot 21 times by five San Francisco cops on Dec. 2, 2015. As a result the shooting, Kaep began to launch his traveling youth empowerment initiative Know Your Rights Camp and later began kneeling during the national anthem in August 2016, eight months after Woods was killed.

The story is that Woods was holding a knife after receiving reports a nearby stabbing. Officers initially used non-lethal bean bag rounds on Woods while ordering him to drop the knife but then opened fire with live ammo when they claimed he became aggressive and was a threat. However, cellphone footage posted after the incident appeared to contradict the police description, showing Woods up against a wall while holding the knife at his side in a non-threatening manner. It was this incident that turned Colin.

According to Kaep’s girlfriend, Nessa, the former NFL player became a student after that. “If Colin wasn’t reviewing a playbook, he was reading a history book,” she told Paper.

Check out the cover Paper Mag (below) and read Colin’s full cover story right here.

Jay-Z Says "We Need to Get Past Kneeling" — Colin Kaepernick Responds

The partnership between the National Football League and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation has caused plenty of controversy from all directions.

And this controversy does not seem to be abating. The latest figure to the stir the pot is former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who indirectly criticized Jay-Z and recent comments the famed entertainer has made in defense of the partnership.

Over the weekend, Kaepernick issued a rare post on his Instagram account.  The post contains images of current football players Eric Reid of the Carolina Panthers as well as Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills of the Miami Dolphins.  All three are kneeling during the playing of the national anthem in protest to police brutality, along with a caption that indicates that the three have “never moved past the people.”

The post was in response to comments Jay-Z made in defense of his partnership with the NFL.  He said that he has moved past the kneeling controversy and was instead focused on more important things. Obviously, though, not everyone shares in this opinion.

After being asked if he himself would kneel, Jay-Z avoided the question.  “We need to move past kneeling,” , flanked by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

A key factor that has kept the controversy alive are the reports that Jay-Z may soon take a minority stake in an undisclosed NFL team (or, even a majority stake depending on the rumor). This news particularly rankled Eric Reid, who said that he thought Jay-Z was “sounding despicable.”

What upset Reid most is that Jay-Z was once a big supporter of Colin Kaepernick.

He wore Kaepernick’s jersey and told fellow performers not to perform at the Super Bowl because of how Kaepernick was treated by the NFL.  Reid is now insinuating that Jay-Z has only changed his position in the matter because of the money he could earn from the NFL.

But not everyone is so critical of Jay-Z.  Superstar rapper Cardi B has come to Jay-Z’s defense.  She feels that Jay-Z could make a positive change to the culture of the NFL, and even thinks that he could perhaps facilitate Colin Kaepernick’s return to the league.

Vic Mensa Believes Jay Z Will Look Out For Colin Kaepernick With NFL Partnership

Despite some the backlash Jay Z has been receiving for his partnership with the NFL, many people are still standing by his side, and Vic Mensa looks to be one them. On Sunday, TMZ caught up with the Roc Nation rapper and asked him his thoughts on Hov’s new partnership, which he believes will ultimately help Colin Kaepernick.

“I would be surprised if Kaepernick doesn’t get a job with Hov being in the NFL,” Vic told TMZ on the way out The Nice Guy in West Hollywood. “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.”

Vic continues on by saying he has tremendous respect for Kaepernick and the work he’s done, but says the community should get behind Jay buying an NFL team because ultimately it’s a good thing for black people. Mensa says “shit’s gotta change” in the NFL and Jay Z is the best guy to make it happen. 

Check out Vic’s run-in with TMZ (below) and let us know your thoughts.

Colin Kaepernick Tells Eric Reid, Kenny Stills & Albert Wilson To "Stay Strong"

In the wake Jay-Z’s deal with the NFL, Colin Kaepernick is showing support for his fellow NFL protestors. Although Kaepernick signed an NFL NDA which prevents him from speaking out against the NFL in return for his settlement check, he can still show support for social justice movements taking place within the NFL camp. The former NFL quarterback took to Instagram on Sunday (August 18) and posted a split-screen image Eric Reid, Albert Wilson, and Kenny Stills, kneeling. For the caption, Kaepernick pushed his former colleagues to “stay strong.” “My Brothers @e_reid35 @kstills @ithinkisee12 continue to fight for the people, even in the face death threats,” he wrote. “They have never moved past the people and continue to put their beliefs into action. Stay strong Brothers!!!”

The entire deal surrounding Jay-Z and the NFL is being held under a microscope. Some feel like Jay has sold out, while others believe Jay is making the right move. On one hand, Jay did lead a Superbowl boycott sorts against the NFL after being asked to perform. On the other hand, how will the NFL ever become more progressive if we don’t have someone in our corner working with them? Only time will tell how this NFL and Jay-Z partnership will turn out. 

Cardi B Applauds Jay-Z’s NFL Deal, Thinks He Could "Bring Back Colin Kaepernick"

Cardi B was peeling out the Bryant Park Hotel in New York City when TMZ apprehended her with a series loaded questions. First f, the reporter asked her to elaborate on her support Bernie Sanders 2020, by which she feigned ignorance, implying that a split-career in politics was beyond her limits, much less host a talk-show that touches on hot button issues.

When asked if she’d consider performing at the Democratic National Convention in the event Bernie Sanders’ crowning, she simply replied, “Sure, why not.”  It would seem that Cardi B has learned a thing or two about airing on the side discretion since being falsely “outed” as a date rapist. The reporter then tabled his next talking point: Jay-Z’s new partnership with the NFL.  

“I feel like he went in there like, ‘Alright, you guys want me to work with chy’all, y’all need to bring my peoples in there. Y’all need to do things my way,’ ” she said Jay-Z. “I feel like Jay-Z could bring back Colin Kaepernick. I feel like he has that power.”

Jay-Z’s deal with the NFL is a divisive issue on the micro-level. Some have argued that it wasn’t Jay-Z place to turn the page on “kneeling for the anthem.” On the other hand, others appreciate his initiative. You could argue that by forcing the NFL to fight against oppression, and pay for it too, he’s actually turned the table right OFF its axis.

Eric Reid Goes In On Jay-Z Allegedly Becoming Part Owner Of NFL Team

When the NFL and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation announced a partnership last week, the reactions were mixed. While some agreed that having Jay-Z advise the NFL was a good thing, others saw him as a sellout. It depends on how you look at the situation though. Having a powerful Black voice sitting at the table where NFL execs make decisions is a good thing. Enacting change from the outside hardly works, but having one our own at the table helping change from the inside is key. On the other hand, Jay did just pass up the chance to perform at the Superbowl and may have instructed others to do the same due to the NFL’s destruction Colin Kaepernick‘s career. Only time will tell if Jay is in it for a cash grab, or if his moves will actually help change things. One thing is for sure though: A year ago the NFL was thinking about banning all protests and now they’re paying out pocket into social justice programs. The NFL thought they could penalize players to shut them up, and now they’re literally paying for their sins. It shows that silencing the issue didn’t work, and now they must work to fix things. 

When word got out that Jay may also become part-owner an NFL team, the internet grew more suspicious. Is this just a money move for Jay? Or will Jay’s new team be one the most player-oriented organizations in the league? The legend does have experience in dealing with players and their business. Eric Reid, who knelt alongside Kapernick and also ent up against the NFL, isn’t too pleased with the news. Eric Reid talked with reporters Friday night, following the Carolina Panthers preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. When asked about his thoughts on Jay-Z becoming part-owner a team he stated, “Jay-Z claimed to be a supporter Colin, wore his jersey, told people not to perform at the Super Bowl because the treatment that the NFL did to Colin, and now he’s going to be a part-owner … it’s kind despicable.” If Jay is a sellout to some, I wonder how they feel about Kapernick signing an NDA and taking a check from the NFL to shut his mouth. 

Jay-Z Accused of Selling Out to the NFL — "Would You Kneel?"

Among others, Jay-Z is getting blasted by Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend for partnering with the league.

And that’s after the first day.

Indeed, the NFL’s recent announcement of a partnership with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation has stirred quite a bit of controversy.  First, conservative personality Tomi Lahren criticized the deal, and now criticism is coming from the other direction.  Strongest among these voices has been Nessa Diab, who is not only a TV and radio personality but also Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend.

Diab posted a heated comment about the partnership on Instagram after TMZ published an audio recording of a meeting between the NFL, Jay-Z and members of the media. She called the partnership between the NFL and Roc Nation “disgusting and disappointing” while asking how the two could mention working for social justice when the league, in her opinion, is keeping her boyfriend out of the league because of his work fighting for social justice.

She was referring to the fact that former quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been unable to find work in the NFL since leading controversial protests, in which he kneeled during the playing of the national anthem prior to each game he played. Kaepernick insisted that he was kneeling to protest a number of noted police brutality incidents across the country, but many saw the protests as unpatriotic and anti-American.

While Kaepernick’s football skills had been deteriorating in his last few years after once being considered one of the best quarterbacks in the league, many have noted that there are far worse quarterbacks than Kaepernick that currently have a job.

In a media event featuring Jay-Z and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Jay-Z was asked directly if he would kneel as a player.  The rapper declined to directly answer, while stated, “I think we need to get past kneeling.  I think it’s time to get into actionable items.”

“I think everyone knows what the issue is — we’re done with that,” Jay-Z.  “What are we moving on next?  To be clear, I’m not minimizing that part of it, because it’s a necessary part of the process.  But now we all know what’s going on, what are we going to do?”

Cornerback Eric Reid, who also had difficulty getting a job after he joined Kaepernick in the kneeling protests, criticized the deal, too.  He called Jay-Z “disingenuous” for partnering with the NFL.  More seriously, Reid further accused the rap mogul of taking millions of dollars to help the league bury Kaepernick’s career.In his defense of his partnership with the NFL, Jay-Z said that he is past the kneeling controversy and that he is on to bigger things, such as reaching millions of people with his message.

Colin Kaepernick Shows Off Throwing Strength With Eric Reid: Watch

Ever since Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the National Anthem back in 2016, it seemed as though the NFL had it out for him. Despite leading the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance and being a serviceable quarterback, Kap was unable to find work in the league and it has led to claims that he was blackballed. Kap’s biggest supporter has been former teammate Eric Reid who now plays on the Carolina Panthers. Reid called out Jay Z recently for a deal he made with the NFL that didn’t involve Kaepernick’s input.

Today, Kaepernick took to Twitter with an epic workout video him launching passes to Reid down the field. The video seems pretty recent, and Kap made sure to thank Reid for his support over the years.

“You never turned your back on me or the people, even when the nfl tried to silence your voice & the movement. You’ve never flinched or wavered. I love you Brother! Let’s get it!” Kap wrote.

Kaepernick looks incredibly in shape in the video and his arm strength appears to have not missed a single beat. There’s probably a team out there who could use his services right now, although it remains to be seen if anyone will go out on a limb and take the chance.

Would you want to see Kap on your team next season?

Jay Z & Will Smith Reportedly Invest In Airbnb Inspired Camping App

A few days back, we posted about Will Smith and Jay-Z’s collaboration on an upcoming series called Women Of The Movement. The show will touch on the civil rights movement based on the experience women, specifically the story Emmett Till with the perspective his mother, Mamie Till. Page Six now reports that the duo are coming together again for a whole different venture that plays f Airbnb. 

According to the publication, Jay and Will have invested in Hipcamp that is an app that calls itself “the Airbnb camping.” The premise is that it fers users the ability to rent grounds and outdoor space to campers. Apparently, the company has already raked in $25 million in fundraising efforts and Jay has added to the fund with his Marcy Venture Partners while Will has done the same with his Dreamers VC fund.

Jay Z & Will Smith Reportedly Invest In Airbnb Inspired Camping App
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Aside from Jay’s ventures with Will Smith, he recently took on quite an important role with the NFL since creating an “entertainment and social justice partnership” that means ROC Nation will be co-producer the Super Bowl halftime show.

“He absolutely brought this conversation alive,” Jay-Z said Colin Kaepernick. “We like to think that the way we build the NFL’s social-awareness program] Inspire Change platform, that if anything close to that would happen in the future, then Kaepernick would have a platform where he can express himself and maybe it doesn’t have to take place on the field.”

Gregg Popovich Praises Colin Kaepernick: ‘He Did A Very Patriotic Thing’

Team USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich isn’t always the most talkative when he’s in the presence the media, but he had plenty to say following the team’s practice in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Popovich, who has shown support for Colin Kaepernick over the years, reiterated his stance when asked about the divisiveness in our country, and about showing patriotism.

“Patriotism means a lot things to different people,” Popovich said, according to ESPN. “There’s people who are truly committed in that sense and people who are fake. The show patriotism I think is a bit inappropriate and that is not something that I think we want to emulate. Because someone hugs a flag doesn’t mean they’re patriotic. Being a patriot is somebody that respects their country and understands that the best thing about our country is that we have the ability to fix things that have not come to fruition for a lot people so far.”

In speaking about patriotism, Popovich explained that calling for change in our country and criticizing the way things are run doesn’t make someone a “non-patriot.” He then specifically pointed to what Colin Kaepernick has done as being “very patriotic.” 

“All the promises in the beginning when the country was established is fantastic, but those goals have not been reached yet for a lot people,” Popovich continued. “So you can still be patriotic and understand that there still needs to be criticism and changes and more attention paid to those who do not have what other people do have, and that’s where we’ve fallen short in a lot different ways. Being a critic those inequalities does not make you a non-patriot. It’s what makes America great, that you can say those things and attack those things to make them better. That’s what a lot other countries don’t have. You lose your freedom when you do that.”

“To negate that part what we’re able to do is ignorant on anybody’s part who tries to make those people look unpatriotic,” Popovich said. “Like a Kaepernick. That was a very patriotic thing he did. He cared about his country enough to fix some things that were obvious, that everybody knows about but does nothing about.”