Jay-Z talks NFL deal, Colin Kaepernick: 'I think we've moved past kneeling'
'Now that we all know what's going on, what are we going to do? How are we going to stop it? Because the kneeling was not about a job, it was about injustice,' the rapper said, adding that he wouldn't be performing in the 2020 halftime show.EMAIL ME Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images "Now that we all know what's going on, what are we going to do? How are we going to stop it? Because the kneeling was not about a job, it was about injustice," the rapper said, adding that he wouldn't be performing in the 2020 halftime show. A day after Jay-Z announced that his Roc Nation company was partnering with the NFL, the rap icon explained that he still supports protesting, kneeling and NFL player Colin Kaepernick, but he's also interested in working with the league to make substantial changes. The Grammy winner and entrepreneur fielded questions Wednesday at his company's New York City headquarters alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. When directly asked if he would kneel or stand, Jay-Z said: "I think we've moved past kneeling and I think it's time to go into actionable items." He then added: "No, I don't want people to stop protesting at all. Kneeling — I know we're stuck on it because it's a real thing — but kneeling is a form of protest. I support protest across the board. We need to bring light to the issue. I think everyone knows what the issue is — we're done with that," he added. "We all know the issue now. OK, next. What are we moving (on to) next? ...And I'm not minimizing that part of it because that has to happen, that's a necessary part of the process. But now that we all know what's going on, what are we going to do? How are we going to stop it? Because the kneeling was not about a job, it was about injustice." Jay-Z has been among the biggest supporters of Kaepernick, who sparked a fissure in the NFL when he decided to kneel when the national anthem was played before games to protest the killings of blacks by police officers. Some called him unpatriotic, and he has not played for the NFL since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. Earlier this year, the NFL settled a lawsuit brought by Kaepernick and Eric Reid that alleged that owners colluded to keep them from playing in the league. When asked why he didn't involve Kaepernick in the new Roc Nation-NFL deal, Jay-Z said: "You'd have to ask him. I'm not his boss. I can't just bring him into something. That's for him to say." Jay-Z also said he and Kaepernick had a conversation about the new deal but offered no details about what was discussed. The NFL and Jay-Z's entertainment and sports representation company announced Tuesday they were teaming up for events and social activism, a deal Jay-Z said had been in the works over the last seven months. "First thing I said to Roger was, 'If this is about me performing at the Super Bowl, then we can just end this conversation now," Jay-Z said. The league plans to use Roc Nation — home to Rihanna, DJ Khaled and other stars — to consult on and co-produce its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL will also work with Jay-Z's company to help its Inspire Change initiative, created by the league after an agreement with a coalition of players who demonstrated during the national anthem to protest social and racial injustice in this country. Those demonstrations were sparked by Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. "Everyone's saying, 'How are you going forward if Kaep doesn't have a job?' This was not about him having a job. That became part of it," Jay-Z said. "We know what it is — now how do we address that injustice? What's the way forward?" Jay-Z added that "the NFL has a huge platform and we can use that huge platform." "I believe real change is had through conversation, real conversation and real work ... and what better way to do it than where the conversation first took place." Jay-Z has turned down invitations to perform at the Super Bowl, even rapping about it in a song. Rihanna has also turned down the gig. Jay-Z said he is not performing at the 2020 halftime show, which his company will co-produce, and said he turned down the offer in the past because he "didn't like the process." "You take four artists and everyone thinks they're playing the Super Bowl, and it's almost like this interview process," he said. "I think the process could have been more definite." Maroon 5 headlined this year's halftime show and when it was announced that Travis Scott was to join as a special guest, reports surfaced online that Jay-Z didn't want the rapper to perform. Jay-Z acknowledged that was true, but clarified it didn't have anything to do with Kaepernick. "My problem is (Travis) had the biggest year to me last year," Jay-Z explained, "and he's playing on a stage that had an M on it. I didn't see any reason for him to play second fiddle to anyone that year and that was my argument." Goodell also answered several questions Wednesday. When a reporter asked a question, looking at both Goddell and Jay-Z, the rapper said: "Are you asking me?" "I'm not the commissioner yet," Jay-Z said as the room burst into laughter. Read more: Hollywood Reporter
Yo jay z just made bank and Colin still unemployed. Sheesh So is it a protest or demonstration ? A demonstration of a protest ? Interesting language also jay-z is so up himself “what better way to commercialise of off what Colin did by me doing something similar but not that without Colin in the exact spot he did” way to be supportive z
I think people really need to read the article before commenting. The headline is misleading. Isn't this a good thing they won't have to pay his outrageous salary. Thanks Al Sharpton redux. Pay off went through. No we have not and that jackass will never play in the nfl again. “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMIN’S!”
Jay looks like his husband had to tell him twice! Hahaha🤣 JOHNNYBravo_23 RussellOkung
Jay-Z Talks NFL Deal, Colin Kaepernick: ‘I Can’t Control the World We Live in’In an interview published hours after news broke of his surprise music-and-social-justice deal with the NFL, Jay-Z said one of his goals in the deal is to create a platform where statements of prot… NFL S_C_ NFL S_C_ BlueEye_Bandit part of a interview i read yesterday NFL S_C_ Don’t comment if you ain’t read the article smh
Thank you. Let’s fix this country. Kneeling is not the way to do it Nobody: Jay Z: He's just window dressing for a White Power Structure Big Money helps
Jay-Z Speaks on Colin Kaepernick in the Wake of Roc Nation’s NFL Deal“I think that we forget that Colin’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice, correct?” Jay-Z speaks on Colin Kaepernick in the wake of Roc Nation’s NFL deal The NFL will never change. Will Jay-Z see that Colin Kaepernick is hired? Hypocrite
Jay-Z Joins Forces With N.F.L. for Music and Social Justice CampaignThe N.F.L., which has been lambasted with criticism over its treatment of Colin Kaepernick and other players kneeling during the national anthem, today made a major stride toward image rehabilitati… NFL Preseason probably has been at an all time low. NFL might start seeing the long road for image rebranding. The sport has potential but the NFL has been holding it back from evolution NFL “Changed his tone..” 🤔🤔 no he didn’t 😂 he just made the league cave in to his interests & their obviously acknowledging their past wrongs
Jay-Z Details Social Justice NFL Partnership & How Colin Kaepernick Sparked Change: 'This Is a Success'“We forget that Colin’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice,” Jay-Z said of the quarterback-turned-activist. “In that case, this is a success.' S_C Correct O'G S_C Do you really think Jay Z is going make the NFL great again? Does anyone but Jay Z and NFL President think Jay Z with make the NFL great again? Malcolm X could do a better job! Respect the flag of the country that has elevated you and your elevated egos wealthier than deservd S_C HahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
Jay-Z and Roc Nation Partner With the NFLThe rapper, a longtime critic of the league, has joined forces to both assist in the selection of Super Bowl performers and issues around “social change” Would he take a knee though? barry_smyth_ this is a definite w **stares in Kaepernick**
NFL, Jay-Z Team Up for Entertainment and Social ActivismThe league not only will use Jay-Z's Roc Nation to consult on its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show, but will work with the rapper and entrepreneur's company to 'strengthen community through music and the NFL's Inspire Change initiative.' Jay Z giving lessons in crack distribution. For a slight discount.