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SportsNFL forms social justice partnership with Jay-Z, Roc Nation

21:41  13 august  2019
21:41  13 august  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Kaepernick says Jay-Z didn't speak to him ahead of partnership with NFL

Kaepernick says Jay-Z didn't speak to him ahead of partnership with NFL On Tuesday, the NFL formed a social justice partnership with Roc Nation, an agency founded by rap mogul Jay-Z. The attorney for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Jay-Z did not speak to him prior to partnering with the NFL, according to TMZ Sports. Jay-Z and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to about 30 media members at a meeting at Roc Nation's New York offices on Wednesday. The two were asked about what their working relationship means for the national anthem protests. "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," Jay-Z said.

NFL forms social justice partnership with Jay-Z, Roc Nation© Craig Barritt / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty

The NFL is establishing a social justice and entertainment partnership with rapper Jay-Z and his agency, Roc Nation, according to The Washington Post's Mark Maske.

Jay-Z and Roc Nation will contribute to the NFL's Inspire Change program, a social activism campaign that involves players around the league. Roc Nation will also co-produce the Super Bowl halftime show and select entertainers to perform on NFL stages throughout the season.

"I think we have autonomy," said Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter. "I anticipate that there will be a lot of - with any big organization, in this building right here we have internal problems. Anything that's new is going to go through its growing pains. We put what we want to do on the table. The NFL agreed to it. So we're gonna proceed with that as if we have a partnership."

Eric Reid calls out NFL over partnership with Jay-Z

Eric Reid calls out NFL over partnership with Jay-Z Eric Reid called out the NFL on Twitter over the league’s partnership with Jay-Z. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports formed a partnership with the NFL on entertainment and social justice matters that was announced on Tuesday. Jay-Z will help advise the NFL on music selections for some of the league’s events and work with the league on its Inspire Change initiative. “With its global reach, the National Football League has the platform and opportunity to inspire change across the country,” Jay-Z said in a statement. “Roc Nation has shown that entertainment and enacting change are not mutually exclusive ideas — instead, we unify them.

The newly created bond does not mean Jay-Z will be on the stage at Super Bowl LIV in February.

"He was very quick to say that he does not want this to be about him performing, that it was broader than that," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. "It quickly went beyond that. Do I hope he'll perform in the Super Bowl sometime in the next several years? Yes. But I think we'll all know if that time comes. He'll know in particular."

Jay-Z reportedly turned down an offer to headline the Super Bowl LIII halftime show out of support for Colin Kaepernick.

Roc Nation represents a number of high-profile NFLers, including Todd Gurley, Saquon Barkley, Ndamukong Suh, and JuJu Smith-Schuster.

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