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SportJay-Z defends NFL deal with Roc Nation, talks Kaepernick

02:10  15 august  2019
02:10  15 august  2019 Source:   ap.org

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The league not only will use Jay - Z ’s Roc Nation to consult on its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show, but will work with the Jay - Z was a vocal supporter of Colin Kaepernick . Does this business deal somehow circumvent the ongoing protest against police brutality?

Jay - Z -- one of Colin Kaepernick 's biggest supporters -- is teaming up with the NFL for a music and social justice campaign this according to reports. The partnership is with Hov's Roc Nation company in which the rap mogul will be the league 's "live music entertainment strategist"

NEW YORK (AP) A day after Jay-Z announced that his Roc Nation company was partnering with the NFL, the rap icon explained that he still supports protesting, kneeling and NFL player Colin Kaepernick, but he's also interested in working with the league to make substantial changes.

Jay-Z defends NFL deal with Roc Nation, talks Kaepernick© APWF FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Jay-Z makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation, at the Roc Nation headquarters in New York. The NFL and Jay-Zs entertainment and sports representation company are teaming up for events and social activism. The league not only will use Jay-Zs Roc Nation to consult on its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show, but will work with the rapper and entrepreneurs company to strengthen community through music and the NFL's Inspire Change initiative. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

The Grammy winner and entrepreneur fielded questions Wednesday at his company's New York City headquarters alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. When directly asked if he would kneel or stand, Jay-Z said: ''I think we've moved past kneeling and I think it's time to go into actionable items.''

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Jay - Z , Roc Nation , and the National Football League ( NFL ) have officially joined forces. The inked deal raises concerns as Jay - Z has been considered one of Colin Kaepernick 's most vocal supporters. Kaepernick has yet to land with a team, spanning 895 days after peacefully protesting social injustice

JAY - Z and his Roc Nation agency are forming a partnership with the NFL to be the league ’s “live In late 2017, the NFL negotiated a deal with a coalition of players to contribute as much as million Earlier this year, Kaepernick settled a 2017 grievance filed against the NFL , accusing NFL owners of

He then added: ''No, I don't want people to stop protesting at all. Kneeling - I know we're stuck on it because it's a real thing - but kneeling is a form of protest. I support protest across the board. We need to bring light to the issue. I think everyone knows what the issue is - we're done with that,'' he added. ''We all know the issue now. OK, next. What are we moving (on to) next? ...And I'm not minimizing that part of it because that has to happen, that's a necessary part of the process. But now that we all know what's going on, what are we going to do? How are we going to stop it? Because the kneeling was not about a job, it was about injustice.''

Jay-Z has been among the biggest supporters of Kaepernick, who sparked a fissure in the NFL when he decided to kneel when the national anthem was played before games to protest the killings of blacks by police officers. Some called him unpatriotic, and he has not played for the NFL since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. Earlier this year, the NFL settled a lawsuit brought by Kaepernick and Eric Reid that alleged that owners colluded to keep them from playing in the league (Reid criticized Jay-Z's new deal with the league).

Jay-Z partners with the NFL on music and social justice strategies

Jay-Z partners with the NFL on music and social justice strategies Jay-Z partners with NFL on music and social justice strategies

The National Football League is set to enter into a "social justice partnership" with rapper Jay - Z and his Roc Nation entertainment company. Vexing questions about Jay - Z ’s new deal with the NFL remain, though. Did the rapper cave on his staunch support of Kaepernick ?

The NFL has signed a deal with Jay - Z ’s entertainment and sports company, Roc Nation , setting the company as the league ’s “live music entertainment strategist.” Jay - Z has been supportive of Kaepernick , wearing a version of his jersey during a Saturday Night Live performance and refusing

When asked why he didn't involve Kaepernick in the new Roc Nation-NFL deal, Jay-Z said: ''You'd have to ask him. I'm not his boss. I can't just bring him into something. That's for him to say.''

Jay-Z also said he and Kaepernick had a conversation about the new deal but offered no details about what was discussed.

Kaepernick didn't comment on the deal, but tweeted about his social justice work Wednesday.

''Today marks the three year anniversary of the first time I protested systemic oppression. I continue to work and stand with the people in our fight for liberation, despite those who are trying to erase the movement! The movement has always lived with the people!'' he wrote.

The NFL and Jay-Z's entertainment and sports representation company announced Tuesday they were teaming up for events and social activism, a deal Jay-Z said had been in the works over the last seven months.

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JAY - Z ’s Roc Nation is set to announce a “sweeping business partnership” with the NFL , according to Front Meanwhile, Roc Nation would benefit from its affiliation with the nation ’s most powerful sports league as it As part of the deal , Roc Nation will be the NFL ’s “live music entertainment strategist

Jay - Z 's company Roc Nation is to partner with the NFL to launch an entertainment and social The NFL added that the agreement will "nurture and strengthen community through football and music." What has led to this deal ? Colin Kaepernick (centre) protested against racial injustice and police

''First thing I said to Roger was, `If this is about me performing at the Super Bowl, then we can just end this conversation now,'' Jay-Z said.

The league plans to use Roc Nation - home to Rihanna, DJ Khaled and other stars - to consult on and co-produce its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL will also work with Jay-Z's company to help its Inspire Change initiative, created by the league after an agreement with a coalition of players who demonstrated during the national anthem to protest social and racial injustice in this country. Those demonstrations were sparked by Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

''Everyone's saying, `How are you going forward if Kaep doesn't have a job?' This was not about him having a job. That became part of it,'' Jay-Z said. ''We know what it is - now how do we address that injustice? What's the way forward?''

Jay-Z added that ''the NFL has a huge platform and we can use that huge platform.''

''I believe real change is had through conversation, real conversation and real work ... and what better way to do it than where the conversation first took place.''

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The league not only will use Jay - Z ’s Roc Nation to consult on its entertainment presentations While the entertainment portion of the deal is important — Roc Nation ’s stable includes Rihanna, Mariah Jay - Z has been a strong supporter of Kaepernick , who has not played in the NFL the past two

Jay - Z 's Roc Nation and the NFL announced Tuesday that they have entered into a multiyear Roc Nation declined to comment on the partnership but is expected to address the media on Kaepernick decided to sit and then kneel during the National Anthem before several 2016 NFL preseason and

Jay-Z has turned down invitations to perform at the Super Bowl, even rapping about it in a song. Rihanna has also turned down the gig.

Jay-Z said he is not performing at the 2020 halftime show, which his company will co-produce, and said he turned down the offer in the past because he ''didn't like the process.''

''You take four artists and everyone thinks they're playing the Super Bowl, and it's almost like this interview process,'' he said. ''I think the process could have been more definite.''

Maroon 5 headlined this year's halftime show and when it was announced that Travis Scott was to join as a special guest, reports surfaced online that Jay-Z didn't want the rapper to perform. Jay-Z acknowledged that was true, but clarified it didn't have anything to do with Kaepernick.

''My problem is (Travis) had the biggest year to me last year,'' Jay-Z explained, ''and he's playing on a stage that had an M on it. I didn't see any reason for him to play second fiddle to anyone that year and that was my argument.''

Goodell also answered several questions Wednesday. When a reporter asked a question, looking at both Goddell and Jay-Z, the rapper said: ''Are you asking me?''

''I'm not the commissioner yet,'' Jay-Z said as the room burst into laughter.

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