Jay-Z Defends Controversial Partnership With NFL Ahead Of Super Bowl

Regardless of accusations that he betrayed Colin Kaepernick’s battle in opposition to racial injustice, Jay-Z mentioned his partnership with the NFL is his manner of transferring the dialog ahead in an interview with the New York Instances revealed Saturday.

The billionaire music mogul, who now spearheads the league’s social justice initiatives, informed the paper he was keen to take the unfavourable press for the chance to succeed in the NFL’s “white soccer followers,” because the Instances phrased it, in an effort to create change.

“So long as actual persons are being harm and marginalized and shedding relations, then sure, I can take a pair rounds of unfavourable press,” he informed the Instances.

The interview was revealed a day earlier than an important day for the NFL, Tremendous Bowl Sunday, with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick’s former workforce, up in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s leisure and sports activities firm, sealed a partnership with the NFL final August to spice up the league’s stay performances and strategize for the league’s social justice outreach. The deal was not obtained properly by supporters of Kaepernick, the previous San Francisco 49ers quarterback whose nationwide anthem protests in opposition to racial injustice launched a years-long nationwide debate about NFL gamers’ rights to peaceable protest.

Kaepernick, who stays an unsigned free agent, accused the NFL of colluding to maintain him off a workforce over the protests. He settled his authorized grievance with the league for an undisclosed sum in February 2019. 

The NFL-Roc Nation partnership drew much more criticism when it launched Encourage Change, an initiative aimed toward elevating cash for social justice-focused organizations.

Carolina Panthers’ security Eric Reid, who was fast to hitch Kaepernick’s kneeling protests, mocked the initiative when it was introduced.

“It’s cool as a result of our token black man arrange the live performance,” he tweeted sarcastically late August.

On Wednesday, forward of the Tremendous Bowl, Reid questioned how efficient the NFL’s social justice efforts have been going to be.

“This weekend listen,” he tweeted. “The NFL will discuss charity however gained’t point out the measures taken 2 preserve the established order.”

Jay-Z informed the Instances that he believed Kaepernick had been mistreated however he defended his determination to work with the NFL with its personal social justice efforts, noting that Kaepernick’s protests started three years in the past and injustices within the U.S. nonetheless exist.

“Nobody is saying he hasn’t been completed fallacious,” Jay-Z mentioned of Kaepernick. “He was completed fallacious. I might perceive if it was three months in the past. But it surely was three years in the past and somebody must say, ‘What will we do now — as a result of persons are nonetheless dying?’”

He mentioned he and Kaepernick wished the identical issues.

“We’re two grownup males who disagree on the tactic however are marching for a similar trigger,” Jay-Z informed the Instances.

Prior to now, the billionaire has publicly supported Kaepernick, calling him an “iconic determine,” and his social justice campaign.

Roc Nation shoppers Jennifer Lopez and Shakira can be performing on the Tremendous Bowl’s halftime present in Miami Gardens, Florida, this Sunday.

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