*A lot of people are still scratching their heads over Jay Z becoming a business partner with the NFL. One of them, of course, is Colin Kaepernick.
OK, putting the still not-too well-understood reasons for Jigga’s new association with the league, let’s deal with another big story associated with the deal. And that is Jay Z is going to become part-owner of an NFL team … and, according to TMZ Sports, it’s going down soon:
Sources connected to Jay and with direct knowledge tell us … Jay is going to have a “significant ownership interest” in an NFL team.
As for which team … we’re not being told, but we are told “it is going to happen in the near future.”
We’re told Jay wants to become a part-owner “because he’s a huge fan, already has a sports business and wants to continue to be a change agent for the NFL.”
There’s a question … can Jay manage players if he owns a team? Our sources make it clear … “Jay is not an NFL agent and does not take part in the operations of the NFL players in Roc Nation.”
Jay has experience with team ownership … he was a minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets. He sold his stake in 2013.
— Ashley Holder (@AshNoelleTV) August 17, 2019
Well, now that we’ve got the latest scoop on Jay Z and the NFL, besides Colin Kaepernick feeling that he was sold down the river by Hova, his buddy and kindred spirit, Eric Reid is also pissed at what’s going down.
As we reported earlier, thus far, Reid has had his say about the deal and Kaepernick being excluded via social media. However, after Friday night’s preseason game, the defensive back had some things to say about Jay-Z’s decision from the Carolina locker room.
“Jay-Z claimed to be a supporter of Colin,” Reid said. “Wore his jersey. Told people not to perform at the Super Bowl because of the treatment that the NFL did to Colin. Now he’s going to be a part owner and . . . . ”
Reid paused for a second or two before ending his thought with this: “It’s kind of despicable.”
“When has Jay-Z ever taken a knee, to come out and tell us that we’re past kneeling?” Reid also said. “Yes, he’s done a lot of great work. A lot of great social justice work. But for you to get paid to go into an NFL press conference and say that we’re past kneeling? Again, asisine. Players Coalition 2.0. He got paid to take the bullets that he’s taking now, because we’re not having it.”
And here is ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith to counter Eric Reied and Colin Kaepernick: