A former teammate of former NFL QB Colin Kaepernick has slammed rap mogul Jay Z over is recently announced deal with the league.
Eric Reid, a former 49-ner who now plays for the NC Panthers, takes issue with Jay Z’s Roc Nation partnership with the NFL that is reportedly meant to prop up community activism and cultural awareness through music.
Reid specifically is outraged over J-Hova’s statement saying that “We’ve moved past kneeling.”
In his complete statement during a recent news conference Jay Z said, “I think that we forget that Colin’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice so in that case this is a success — this is the next thing. There’s two parts of protest: the protest, and then there’s a company or individual saying, ‘I hear you, what do we do next?’ For me it’s about actionable items, what are we gonna do about it?”
In reaction, Eric Reid made it plain. He told reporters, the the deal would allow the NFL to “hide behind his black face” in order to take attention away from the league’s ostracizing of Kaepernick.
“Jay-Z claimed to be a supporter of Colin … and now he’s going to be a part owner. … It’s kind of despicable.”
Eric Reid spoke on reports that Jay-Z is interested in becoming part owner of an NFL team. pic.twitter.com/akYOt74rnE
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The comments caught the eye of Colin himself who praised Reid for never turning his back on him.
In a tweet Wednesday @Kaepernick7 said, ”