Jay-Z will reportedly acquire a “significant ownership interest” in an NFL team and that has angered some, including Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid. While there was a negative backlash against Jay-Z, rapper Freddie Gibbs is supporting Jay-Z while also taking a shot at Colin Kaepernick.
Jay-Z signed a deal with the NFL where he would act as the league’s “live music entertainment strategist,” including organizing the Super Bowl halftime show. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company will also work with the NFL on social justice projects. The NFL plans to spend at least $89 million on social justice initiatives. The NFL has taken a beating from some for not engaging in enough social justice campaigns as well as been lambasted by others for getting too social justice warrior-like.
Jay-Z previously had been against performing at the Super Bowl halftime show and in the 2018 song Apeshit, he rapped: “I said no to the Super Bowl, you need me, I don’t need you.”
Bryan Michael Cox, a Grammy-winning songwriter, claims that Jay-Z told Jermaine Dupri to reject a similar deal with the NFL to produce the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show and select the musical acts.
“I’m not saying that it can’t turn into some good sh*t,” Cox said. “We’re also talking about a guy who single-handedly picked up the phone and called Jermaine to tell him not to do it. When we all had that meeting with the NFL, all that sh*t was part of the same sh*t.”
Other people are calling out Jay-Z for his alleged hypocrisy including Eric Reid, who has been kneeling during the national anthem before Panthers games.
“Jay-Z claimed to be a supporter of Colin, wore his jersey, told people not to perform at the Super Bowl because of [what] the NFL did to Colin,” Reid told reporters on Saturday. “Now he’s going to be a part owner, that’s kind of despicable.”
Nessa, the girlfriend of the allegedly blackballed Kaepernick, blasted Jay-Z’s new deal with the NFL. The radio personality called the partnership “disgusting and disappointing.”
“We will never turn our backs on @kaepernick7 because your idols decided to work with the same organization that is actively keeping Colin unemployed all because he peacefully protested against social injustice in black and brown communities, specifically police brutality,” Nessa wrote on Instagram on Thursday. “So really, how can Jay-Z and the NFL utter social justice in their partnership while keeping Colin unemployed because of his social justice work?”
Now Freddie Gibbs is standing up for Jay-Z while at the same time taking shots at Kaepernick. “I’m riding with Jay-Z, straight up,” Gibbs said of his fellow rapper.
Then Gibbs took aim at Kaepernick and anyone making derogatory comments about Jay owning an NFL team. “F*ck Colin Kaepernick,” Gibbs said. “All y’all n****s marched for Colin Kaepernick and he took a settlement and ain’t 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***s some muthaf*ckin’ crabs.”
Kaepernick reached a secretive settlement with the NFL in February of 2019, where the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was reportedly paid less than $10 million for his collusion grievance with the National Football League.
If people thought that Freddie would back down from his statement on Kaep, they have another thought coming.
Even when Jemele Hill came for Gibbs, he did not back down.
Outspoken NFL wide receiver Dez Bryant also chimed in on the Colin Kaepernick controversy.
Cardi B also stood in Jay-Z’s corner and believes the Brooklyn rapper “can make a change.”
“I think that he can make a change, you know what I’m saying?” Cardi B said. “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.”
Jay-Z, who previously owned a share of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets after investing $1 million in 2004, was asked about Kaepernick and kneeling during the announcement of the NFL deal. “I think we’ve moved past kneeling and I think it’s time to go into actionable items,” Jay said.