As we previously reported, Jay and his Roc Nation entity have signed a very lucrative deal with the NFL that covers entertainment and social justice matters.
Essentially, Hova will advise the NFL on music selections for some of the league’s events and work with the league on its Inspire Change initiative.
“With its global reach, the National Football League has the platform and opportunity to inspire change across the country,” Jay-Z said in a statement. “Roc Nation has shown that entertainment and enacting change are not mutually exclusive ideas — instead, we unify them. This partnership is an opportunity to strengthen the fabric of communities across America.”
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This may be a good deal for Jay Z and the NFL, but some folks, like Colin Kaepernick and his NFL player buddy Eric Reid as well as activist Shaun King, are not thrilled.
“The media is on Jay-Z like Beyonce’s sister in an elevator,” quipped Maher on Friday’s episode of “Real Time” when he welcomed guest Killer Mike, referencing the infamous video of Solange beating on her brother-in-law while in an elevator.
Addressing the backlash, Killer Mike defended Jay-Z, saying: “Jay-Z is one of us that made it out the streets, made it in the rooms, and he did what he could when he should,” the told Maher.
“When the Grammys did not show the hip-hop portion, Jay-Z boycotted,” he continued, adding that Jay-Z’s NFL deal “gives us a seat at the table… It doesn’t destroy what Kap knelt for.”
He also joked that if Jay-Z were to someday own his own NFL team, “Kap gets a try out,” he said.
Peep their conversation via the clip above.
In related news, Jay-Z may think folks are ready to move on from Kaepernick’s kneeling protest — but Kap disagrees.
The former 49ers quarterback posted a photo Sunday that appeared to take shots at Jay saying during last week’s press conference with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that “we’ve moved past kneeling” to “actionable items,”
In his IG post, Kap posted a pic of Eric Reid, Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson and shared some kind words as a show of appreciation that they continued to kneel in the years after Kap first bent the knee on the field before games in protest of racial injustice.
He wrote: “My Brothers @e_reid35 @kstills @ithinkisee12 continue to fight for the people, even in the face of death threats. They have never moved past the people and continue to put their beliefs into action. Stay strong Brothers!!”