Jay-Z & NFL teaming up.
Blog King, Mass Appeal
NEW YORK — Rap mogul Jay-Z, a huge apologist for Colin Kaepernick, is teaming up with the NFL on social activism and event planning because, according to league officials, his Roc Nation agency will “strengthen [the] community through music and the NFL’s Inspire Change Initiative.” The alliance was announced Tuesday. The change initiative was concocted after Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in 2016 in protest of police brutality and systematic oppression. Like Mo’Nique, the 31-year-old quarterback has been blackballed ever since. As a corollary, Jay-Z was among the many celebs to spurn the NFL.
He even declined to perform in the Super Bowl.
— Dr. David Kovacevic (@KovacevicMD) August 15, 2019
In an effort to make amends, NFL owners have agreed to donate up to $89 million over six years towards a handful of socioeconomic issues that matter most to players; namely criminal justice reform, improvements in law enforcement, economic growth and educational progress.
Kaepernick was also paid “hush money” by the league.
The partnership with Jay-Z is icing on the cake.
“Roc Nation is one of the most globally influential and impactful organizations in entertainment,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. “The NFL and Roc Nation share a vision of inspiring meaningful social change across our country. We are thrilled to partner with Roc Nation and look forward to making a difference in our communities together.”
The collaboration, however, has received ample obloquy.
Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren lambasted the move on Twitter, writing, “apparently the league doesn’t hate America and law enforcement officers at a level satisfactory enough for the former drug dealer.”
Another user tweeted: “So we say boycott the NFL for what they did to Kaepernick but celebrate when Jay Z pens a deal… confused #explain.”
Jay-Z, who’s expected to become an NFL owner in the near future, said he spoke with Kaepernick prior to teaming up with the NFL. Are you okay with the union? Is Jay-Z a sellout?
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