Update (August 23, 2019): The pettiness continues. Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills has a response for head coach Brian Flores.
Coach Flores played eight Jay-Z songs back-to-back during the team's practice on Tuesday after Stills criticized the mogul's partnership with the NFL.
Stills' response was absolutely priceless. During practice Wednesday, he blasted Nas in the locker room, according to USA Today.
Jay-Z and Nas had a longstanding beef in the '90s, stemming from the track, "Bring It On" on Jay's Reasonable Doubt album.
The two spent time releasing multiple diss tracks, including Nas' most notorious track, "Ether."
Following the team's victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, Flores said his playlist was meant to challenge Stills and that he supports the players' protests, USA Today reported.
"It was a challenge to Kenny to perform regardless of whatever is going on outside," Flores told reporters. "I would say, and I said this to him, he hasn't performed up to that level over the course of training camp, or as I've seen. So that was the challenge — to get open, catch the football and make plays for this team, regardless of what's going on outside of this building."
Stills said he believes he's more than capable of being challenged.
"We talked about it in-house and he handled it in-house," said Stills, who has knelt prior to the national anthem since 2016 to protest social injustice. "For the most part, I think it was him seeing if I could handle if people were going to heckle me or play Jay-Z in another stadium if I could be mentally strong enough to handle that sort of treatment. I've been dealing with this since 2016 — music, boos, racial slurs. So I don't think a little Jay-Z music is going to ruffle my feathers that bad."
Stills, who has continued to kneel before games in support of Colin Kaepernick, said Jay-Z's partnership with the NFL, "doesn't sit right with me."
Stills has been among fans and supporters of Kaepernick who have publically critiqued the deal.
Nessa Diab, Kaepernick's girlfriend, and the former athlete's attorney, Mark Geragos, have blasted the deal, as previously reported by Blavity.
Original: The coach of the Miami Dolphins played eight Jay-Z songs a day after wide receiver Kenny Stills expressed his grievances about the new partnership with Jay-Z and the NFL.
On Tuesday, ESPN journalist Cameron Wolfe shared details of coach Brian Flores’ practice playlist, according to NBC Sports.
Playlist to start Dolphins practice: “Show Me What You Got by Jay-Z, “Brooklyn We Go Hard” by Jay, “Ni**gas in Paris” by Jay and Kanye West, and “Run This Town” by Jay and Rihanna. All in a row. Would be an incredible coincidence after Kenny Stills’ comments about Jay yesterday.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) August 20, 2019
In a video posted to Twitter, the Miami Dolphins wide receiver shared his thoughts about Jay-Z’s decision to partner with the NFL.
“It doesn’t sit right with me. I don’t think it was handled the right way, but you never know,” Stills said.
When questioned further about what doesn’t sit right with him, Stills critiqued Jay-Z as being uninformed about the deal.
“I think he could have reached out to Colin [Kaepernick]. He could have reached out to me. Some of the ways that he answered his questions, talking about ‘we’re moving past kneeling’ … like he ever protested,” Stills said at a press conference. “He’s not an NFL player and he’s never been on a knee … To be able to say ‘we’re moving past something’… it didn’t seem very informed.”
Kenny Stills on Jay-Z/NFL paternship: "Talking about we're moving past kneeling like he ever protested… Choosing to speak for the people like he had spoken to the people… I wonder if he's read my Facebook/IG comments or what people say to me… It didn't seem very informed." pic.twitter.com/QGak3JKCcO
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) August 19, 2019
Many players and fans alike believe the Roc Nation partnership was a part of a larger effort to silence Kaepernick and his allies as they fought for equality and recognition by kneeling during the national anthem.