Liberal rapper Jay-Z is being called out as a fraud and a hypocrite for a new deal he has signed with the National Football League.
The rapper, who was previously highly critical of the sports league over Colin Kaepernick’s inability to get a contract after kicking off the national anthem kneeling controversy, will reportedly be helping out the sports league in picking entertainment for games, including the Super Bowl. He will also reportedly be helping on the social justice side, providing players with a platform to voice their concerns.
Jay-Z is already being called out by many for what seems like a complete turnaround on his previous “opinion” of the league.
In regards to Kaepernick, Jay-Z told reporters that he spoke with the former quarterback this week, but he would not reveal how the conversation went. Kaepernick’s girlfriend, however, has a different story to tell.
“THIS is a lie. COLIN never spoke to Jay-Z and NFL ahead of that deal being done. They NEVER included him in any discussion,” Nessa Diab tweeted.
— NESSA (@nessnitty) August 14, 2019
An anonymous source allegedly close to Kaepernick actually told The Atlantic that a conversation did take place at one point between the rapper and the former athlete, but that it “was not a good conversation.”
In a joint press conference Jay-Z and controversial NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell were all smiles.
“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 about reforming the league with Jay-Z. “I think that’s a core element of our relationship between the two organizations, and with Jay and I personally.”
To give an idea of how bad Jay-Z really looks in all of this, the rapper previously called out the sports league in a rap song called “Apes***t” that addressed the kneeling controversy.
“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,” rapped Jay-Z.
This means at one point the rapper tried to get pats on the back for turning down a Super Bowl performance, but now he is shaking hands with the very people he criticized and he doesn’t seem to be getting a whole lot out of the deal besides money.
Jay-Z also previously showed support for Kaepernick by wearing the former quarterback’s jersey during an appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”
Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, who was one of the original kneelers, has blasted Jay-Z’s new deal, especially since it includes nothing for Kaepernick.
Reid was also angered over Jay-Z saying during the previously mentioned press conference that “we’ve moved beyond kneeling.”
“For one, when has Jay-Z ever taken a knee to come out and tell us that we’re past kneeling?” Reid said, according to ESPN. “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, asinine. Players Coalition 2.0, he got paid to take the bullets he’s taking now because we’re not having it.”
Eric Reid on Jay Z pic.twitter.com/PMEjv9raWE
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) August 17, 2019
Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren perfectly summed up Jay-Z’s seeming switch in beliefs in a tweet that highlighted the fact that the rapper is not the dedicated leftist he claims to be; he’s just in it for the money.
“Jay-Z and Kap are motivated by the same thing, money. It’s not, and has never been about ‘the culture,'” she tweeted.
Jay-Z and Kap are motivated by the same thing, money. It’s not, and has never been about “the culture.”
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) August 17, 2019
Anyone who thinks she’s wrong, Jay-Z said this in one of his very own songs.
“I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man!” he once rapped.
Translation: Jay-Z doesn’t care about Kaepernick or any of the liberal endorsements he throws out. He cares about branding himself and that’s exactly what this new deal does. It proves how empty his rhetoric on kneeling really was.
Other reactions to Jay-Z’s new deal have not been all that positive:
The thing is, bruh, refusing to perform at the Super Bowl once looked like a matter of principle.
Now it looks like holding out for a better offer.
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) August 15, 2019
Colin Kaepernick: “Now that you’re gonna become a part owner, you gonna sign me, right?”
Jay Z: pic.twitter.com/biZRKGKhQv
— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) August 16, 2019
Jay Z after his deal with the NFL… pic.twitter.com/Aj9ho7xcK8
— 💪Collin Flexton💪 (@Fesburn) August 16, 2019
This is thing that makes me saddest about this Jay Z/NFL situation:
Jay came in to benefit materially and directly from everything Kap risked, lost, and sacrificed.
Kap lost so much-and Jay swooped in and put all Kap lost in his pocket.
That’s the hardest part to swallow.
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) August 15, 2019
Jay Z is what I would call a woke capitalist.
Woke describes his capitalism, but let's be clear, he's a capitalist, and if a good deal comes along, even if it means working with the NFL at the expense of Colin Kaepernick, he'll make the deal.
That's what he just did.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 14, 2019
jay z considering whether he wants to work with the nfl pic.twitter.com/SzjbmDiCqa
— shadie hawkins (@kaylaahawkins) August 13, 2019
*Jay z signs a deal with the nfl
“We need a seat at the table to change the table 👏🏾💯”
*kanye meets trump for prison reform
“Coon. He’s in the sunken place. Why is he with the enemy” pic.twitter.com/WG2XvCJOPz
— FSP 🏁 (@fspthedon) August 15, 2019
— That Blame Guy (@ImToBlame) August 14, 2019
While Kaepernick has not commented directly on the deal, he did take to Twitter on the day of the press conference and what he had to say seemed to be a direct hit against Jay-Z:
Today marks the three year anniversary of the first time I protested systemic oppression. I continue to work and stand with the people in our fight for liberation, despite those who are trying to erase the movement! The movement has always lived with the people! ✊🏾
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 14, 2019
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