It's 'Cold-Blooded': Colin Kaepernick's Attorney Slammed Jay-Z's Deal With The NFL
"They never moved past the people and continue to put their beliefs into action."
August 20, 2019 at 10:30 pm
Colin Kaepernick's attorney slammed Jay-Z's new deal with the NFL Tuesday morning.
Kaepernick's attorney, Mark Geragos, said the deal crossed the "intellectual picket line" and is "cold-blooded," according to The Hill.
"I can confirm to you that the deal was already done prior to any conversation that [Kaepernick] had with Jay-Z and he certainly didn't have any conversations with the NFL," Geragos said.
Kaepernick took to Twitter on Sunday to seemingly address Jay-Z’s decision to partner with the NFL.
“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!!! ✊🏾” Kaepernick tweeted.
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!!! ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/OQClsZXD5V— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 18, 2019
The tweet was accompanied by photographs of Eric Reid, Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeling on the field in their Miami Dolphins gear. According to the Los Angeles Times, all three players took a knee during the National Anthem before their preseason games this past weekend.
The words “moved past” in Kaepernick's tweet seemed all too familiar to those who have been following the story of Jay-Z's deal with the NFL.
Jay-Z signed a major deal with the NFL that sparked controversy from some of Kaepernick's fans and followers. The business agreement will give Jay-Z's record company, Roc Nation, a major say in the execution of the Super Bowl Halftime show and the overall entertainment attached to games.
During the press conference announcing the deal, Jay-Z said the deal was never about Kaepernick having a job.
"Let me bring attention to injustice. Everyone's saying, 'How are you going forward if Kaep doesn't have a job.' This wasn't about him having a job," Jay-Z said. "That became a part of the discussion. He was kneeling to bring attention to injustice. We know what it is. Now how do we address the injustice?"
As reported by Blavity, Jay-Z will also be involved with the Inspire Change Foundation, which was launched as a response to outrage over the handling of Kaepernick's protest.
At a news conference with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Jay-Z said, “I think we’ve moved past kneeling and I think it’s time to go into actionable items.”
The Roc Nation mogul also defended the partnership and said, “the NFL has a huge platform and we can use that huge platform.”
Blavity reported Jay-Z said he spoke with Kaepernick before agreeing to the deal with the NFL. However, radio personality and girlfriend to Kaep, Nessa Diab, said that “this is a lie” and Kaep was never involved in any discussion regarding the business agreement.reported by Blavity. Reid has accused Jay-Z of prioritizing money on Twitter.
“Jay-Z knowingly made a money move with the very people who’ve committed an injustice against Colin and is using social justice to smooth it over with the black community,” Reid said.
(2/2) to get Colin’s job back as well. Jay-Z knowingly made a money move with the very people who’ve committed an injustice against Colin and is using social justice to smooth it over with the black community.— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) August 15, 2019
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is still without a job as an athlete as a result of his decision to kneel during the National Anthem in 2016. He continues to use his platform to speak out against police brutality and advocate for the empowerment of Black and brown youth with the Know Your Rights campaign.