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    Jay-Z Helped the NFL Banish Colin Kaepernick

    -Yesterday the hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell held a joint media session at the Roc Nation offices in New York to seal a once-implausible partnership that isn’t being received as positively as both parties probably hoped.

    I assume neither Goodell nor Jay-Z expected to be on the defensive once the NFL announced that it would give Roc Nation, the music mogul’s entertainment company, significant power in choosing the performers for the league’s signature events—including the coveted Super Bowl halftime show. Jay-Z and Roc Nation will also help augment the NFL’s social-justice initiatives by developing content and spaces where players can speak about the issues that concern them.

    This wasn’t just another routine example of Jay-Z living out a lyric he’d rapped nearly 15 years ago—“I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man!” Instead, the rapper faced questions yesterday about why he chose to collaborate with the same league that he’d publicly criticized for its treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who hasn’t had an NFL job since taking a knee during the national anthem three years ago to protest police brutality and racial injustice. This is the same Jay-Z who showed support for Kaepernick by wearing his jersey on Saturday Night Live. On his megahit song “Apeshit,” Jay-Z rapped this lyric: “Once I said no to the Super Bowl: You need me, I don’t need you. Every night we in the end zone. Tell the NFL we in stadiums too.”

    Now he’s in business with the league.

    Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa Diab, wrote on Twitter that Kaepernick didn’t speak with Jay-Z before he brokered his deal with the NFL. Jay-Z said yesterday that he spoke to Kaepernick on Monday, but he wouldn’t divulge how their conversation went.

    A source close to Kaepernick, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, told me, “It was not a good conversation.”

    But it was all smiles yesterday between Jay-Z and Goodell.

    “We don’t want people to come in and necessarily agree with us; we want people to come in and tell us what we can do better,” Goodell said at the press conference. “I think that’s a core element of our relationship between the two organizations, and with Jay and I personally.”
    The financial arrangements have not been made public. But whatever the numbers, the NFL’s new partnership with Jay-Z is a huge win for the league. Some of the biggest celebrities in the world have voiced their support of Kaepernick, saying they would boycott the NFL until Kaepernick is back in the league.

    Now that the NFL has Jay-Z’s blessing, it’s conceivable that some of those entertainers who distanced themselves from the NFL might change their mind. Jay-Z has given the NFL exactly what it wanted: guilt-free access to black audiences, culture, entertainers, and influencers.

    NFL officials must have been bothered by how much Kaepernick was discussed during Super Bowl week earlier this year. Not only did Goodell have to answer more questions about why Kaepernick still isn’t receiving any interest from NFL teams, but there had also been a number of reports that the league was having a hard time finding performers for its halftime show. Some stars, including Rihanna and Cardi B, reportedly turned down the opportunity to appear at the event show out of allegiance to Kaepernick. Other celebrities, such as the comedian Amy Schumer, publicly pressured the Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine to pull out of his performance. The Reverend Al Sharpton, the civil-rights leader, blasted the rapper Travis Scott, who performed with Levine...

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    Uh-huh...Whatever!

    Jay-Z will sell out to "the highest bidder" - I really don't care who or what he endorses - I pray that he and his "Queen Bee" will get sho-nuf SAVED, before it's ever lasting too late.

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    When mass amounts of money are involved, it exposed their sincerity for the 'cause'. Hopefully be being in charge off the SB entertainment JZ doesn't include Kaepernick. I hope the NFL made that clear. Or maybe they don't care

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    Ironically, one of the people who also advised Scott not to perform at the Super Bowl was Jay-Z. Yesterday the Roc Nation founder said he’d told Scott he shouldn’t perform at the Super Bowl because he would be playing “second fiddle” to Maroon 5. It had nothing to do with Kaepernick.

    Suuuure. Gotta backpedal a little.

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    The Super Bowl is the only football game I watch and thatís only because I attend a SB party every year. Other than that, I refuse to watch any games; and now that the devil worshipping Jay-Z is part of the organization, Iíll definitely make it a point to continue my boycott.
    When your praise match your prayers, the answer will come.
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    Who cares if certain artists refuse to perform because of a non-patriotic washed up player that nobody wants on their team? There are a lot of patriotic artists out there who would have participated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezekiel 33 View Post
    Who cares if certain artists refuse to perform because of a non-patriotic washed up player that nobody wants on their team? There are a lot of patriotic artists out there who would have participated.
    I was so glad when they tried to bully Gladys Knight into not performing at this yearís Super Bowl, she set them straight, and stood her ground with grace and class, and it was one of her best performances ever! I know sheís a Mormon, but my respect and admiration for her was elevated that night! Right on Ms. Knight!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezekiel 33 View Post
    Who cares if certain artists refuse to perform because of a non-patriotic washed up player that nobody wants on their team?
    Us normal people don’t. But with others it’s all about the ‘optics’.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valiant Woman View Post
    I was so glad when they tried to bully Gladys Knight into not performing at this year’s Super Bowl - I know she’s a Mormon...
    WHOA! - I did not know that.

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