Jay-Z’s new partnership with the NFL seems to have polarized fans, musicians and sports stars alike.
While Jay-Z said he felt he had “passed kneeling” during the National Anthem at games as a protest, Colin Kaepernick was of course blackballed from the NFL for taking the symbolic stance.
Now Colin seems to have taken a little jab at Jigga on social media as he supported NFL players who are still kneeling during the National Anthem, posting:
“My Brothers @e_reid35 @kstills @ithinkisee12 continue to fight for the people, even in the face of death threats. They have never moved past the people and continue to put their beliefs into action. Stay strong Brothers!!! ✊🏾”
However, Kaepernick’s apparent slight of Hov had fellow rapper, Freddie Gibbs jumping to his support, posting:
“I’m riding with Jay-Z, straight up. F*ck Colin Kaepernick. All y’all n*ggas marched for Colin Kapernick and he took a settlement and aint tell y’all what he got or nothing. He settled. Let it go. Y’all hating on Jay-Z for tryna own something in the NFL. Y’all n*gga some muthaf*ckin crabs.”
Meanwhile, Cardi B also came out in support of Jay-Z, saying:
“I think that he can make a change, you know what I’m saying? I feel like he didn’t went on an NFL deal without an agreement. I feel like he went in there like, ‘Alright, if you guys want me to work with y’all, y’all need to bring my people in here. Y’all need to do things my way.’ I feel like he’s gonna change it.”
As for Jay-Z himself, the rapper has already addressed the situation, saying:
“I think it’s time to go to actionable items. I don’t want people to stop protesting at all. Kneeling—I know we’re stuck on it ’cause it’s a real thing—it’s a form of protest. I support protesting across the board.”
So, while some see Jay-Z as a sell-out for switching from being anti-NFL to working with them, others believe he can make more of a difference working from the inside…
What do you think?