Jay-Z Comes Under Fire for Collaborating With NFL Amid Colin Kaepernick Drama

Jay-Z is catching a lot of flak on social media following the news that his entertainment and sports company, Roc Nation, and the NFL have formed a long-term partnership, despite the league’s controversial history with Colin Kaepernick.

The rapper had been a vocal supporter of Kaepernick, who has been blacklisted by the NFL after he sparked a wave of peaceful protests by players against racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem at a 2016 preseason game. After finishing that season with the San Francisco 49ers, he became a free agent and remains unsigned.

Jay-Z called the quarterback and activist an “iconic figure” in an interview last year, but folks were disappointed to hear that his company is now the NFL’s “official Live Music Entertainment Strategists.”

Roc Nation will spearhead and advise on the artist selection for music performances, including the widely watched Super Bowl halftime show. It will also focus on the league’s social justice platform, called Inspire Change, which aims to address education and economic advancement, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform.

Well, many people aren’t happy with the collaboration. See some of the reactions below:

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