Did Jay-Z Sell Out Colin Kaepernick?

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter attends Nipsey Hussle Grammy Celebration at The Peppermint Club on February 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)

Jay-Z is getting mixed reactions for his new business alliance with the NFL. Yesterday, he met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was accused of actively working to prevent Colin Kaepernick from working, during a press conference and things got a bit awkward when the hip hop mogul was asked if would kneel.

Jay said, “I think we’ve passed kneeling. I think it’s time to go into actionable items. I think everyone knows what the issue is, and we’re done with that.”

He continued,  “We all know the issue now. Okay, next. Where are we moving on next? And I’m not… again, to be clear, for the room, I’m not minimizing that part of it. That has to happen. That’s a necessary part of the process. Now we all know what’s going on. What are we going to do? How are we going to stop? How are gonna stop? The kneeling wasn’t about a job, it was about injustice. Let me bring attention to injustice. Everyone’s saying, ‘How are you going forward and Kap doesn’t have a job?’ This wasn’t about him having a job.”

Jay has been getting hit hard on social media with Dr. Cornell W. Brooks, the former president of the vaunted NAACP, implying that Jay is just going for the money.

On Wednesday, Kaepernick marked the third year of his kneeling protest during the playing of the national anthem with a social media post of his own saying in no uncertain terms that he would continue “to work and stand with the people in our fight for liberation, despite those who are trying to erase the movement!” See below:Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid and Kaepernick’s longtime friend is blasting Jay Z on Twitter, writing, “Jay-Z doesn’t need the NFL’s help 2 address social injustices. It was a money move 4 him & his music business. The NFL gets 2 hide behind his black face 2 try to cover up blackballing Colin. #NeoColonialism.” 

He also wrote yesterday, These aren’t mutually exclusive. They can both happen at the same time! It looks like your goal was to make millions and millions of dollars by assisting the NFL in burying Colin’s career.”

Powerful words and many people are sharing the same sentiment.

Considering that type of track record, it may be prudent for us all to sit back and watch how Jay’s partnership with the NFL unfolds.