The NFL and Jay-Z have teamed up for entertainment and activism purposes. While this could be considered a win for the NFL, which has been plagued with many different issues, Jay-Z appears to be attempting to bridge the divide.
Alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at his company's New York City headquarters on Wednesday Jay-Z fielded questions by a number of people, including Charlamagne, who has been very vocal about the Kaepernick situation and the NFL. When directly asked if he would kneel or stand, Jay-Z quickly responded.
"I think we've moved past kneeling and I think it's time to go into actionable items."
Jay-Z has long been a staunch ally and defender of Kaepernick, who started an entire movement within 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. When further pressed on the issue of protesting and kneeling, Jay-Z was quick to make things clear.
"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."
Jay-Z went on further to say that while he supports the protests, there has to be more to it than just kneeling.
"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."
This deal between the NFL and Jay-Z looks to be the "what are we moving onto next" part of his argument. Jay-Z said that he had spoken to Kaepernick about the deal, but offered no other details on the conversation or where he stands.
"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."
While it may appear that Kaepernick wasn't in love with the idea of Jay-Z coupling up with the NFL, Jay-Z went ahead with the deal anyway. Many have already been outspoken about their distaste for the Roc Nation/NFL deal, such as NFL player Eric Reid and Charlamagne. That said, it appears as though it will be happening regardless of how others feel about it.