On August 13, 2019, the NFL announced that it would be entering a partnership with Roc Nation, which is founded by hip hop artist and businessman Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter.
The partnership caught everybody by surprised and Jay-Z got heavy backlash from a bunch of critics that included Eric Reid who stated at the time, “Jay-Z claimed to be a supporter of Colin — wore his jersey, told people not to perform at the Super Bowl because of the treatment that the NFL did to Colin,” Reid said. “And now he’s going to be a part-owner — it’s kind of despicable,” said Reid.
Eric Reid on news Jay-Z will be a part-owner. “Kind of despicable.” pic.twitter.com/6zDMdJIzwV
— Joe Person (@josephperson) August 17, 2019
Fast forward to November and Jay-Z reportedly played a huge part in getting Kaepernick an opportunity to prove he belongs in the NFL.
NFL.com’s Rapoport revealed that Hov potentially used his position with the NFL to sway teams into taking a look at the quarterback. “I am also told that JAY-Z—who has been working with the NFL on some social justice initiatives—was involved in this and pushed this idea to some extent,” Rapoport said.
Two notes: 1. Jay-Z, a partner with the NFL on social justice, had some influence here. 2. This is not part of Kaepernick’s settlement, nor did he ask for this in his settlement. https://t.co/6l7z3MYJ5x
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 13, 2019
Kaepernick’s impending workout might prove that his work with the NFL’s social justice ventures isn’t just all talk.
— First Take (@FirstTake) November 13, 2019
People killed Jay-z for linking up with the NFL…..yall think all of a sudden people just want him now? JayZ influence is real…. https://t.co/FNyf1HO6nh
— Willz (@_ygwillz) November 12, 2019
OR, this feels like what you’ve been wanting to see: can we really doubt that without JAY-Z’s presence such a workout would be tenable? We know teams can’t be made to hire anyone, but getting this done is huge for the wonderful @Kaepernick7 and a reflection of Jay’s influence. https://t.co/lBbyh7ACvM
— Michael Eric Dyson (@MichaelEDyson) November 13, 2019