Cardi B is assured that Jay-Z can convey Colin Kaepernick again into the NFL fold.
“I really feel like Jay-Z can convey again Colin Kaepernick,” Cardi, 26, instructed TMZ on Saturday night time. I really feel like he has that energy. I really feel like Jay-Z can do it.”
The previous San Francisco 49ers quarterback hasn’t performed within the league because the 2016 season, after opting out of his contract following disputes over kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem to protest police brutality towards individuals of colour. Kaepernick, 31, shared a video final week reminding NFL groups he was “nonetheless prepared” to play if known as upon.
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The “I Like It” MC stated that regardless of the controversy surrounding Jay-Z pairing his Roc Nation leisure model with the NFL, she believes his motives are pure.
“I feel that he might make a change. I do not suppose he’d go on an NFL deal with out an settlement,” she defined. “I really feel like he went in there like, ‘All proper, in the event you guys need me to work with y’all, y’all must put my peoples in there.’ I really feel like he is gonna change it.”
The Brooklyn-born rapper got here underneath criticism for his NFL partnership from many Kaepernick supporters, together with Kaepernick’s longtime girlfriend, TV persona Nessa, for pairing his Roc Nation leisure enterprise with the league.
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“We are going to by no means flip our backs on @kaepernick7 as a result of your idols determined to work with the identical group that’s actively maintaining Colin unemployed all as a result of he peacefully protested towards social injustice in black and brown communities, particularly police brutality,” Nessa, 38, wrote on Instagram Thursday night time.
“So actually, how can Jay-Z and the NFL utter social justice of their partnership whereas maintaining Colin unemployed due to his social justice work?”
Final week, the NFL introduced that it’s collaborating with Jay-Z’s leisure firm, Roc Nation, which is able to assist choose music artists for high-profile performances, together with the Tremendous Bowl.
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As a part of the partnership, Roc Nation may have a job within the NFL’s “Encourage Change” marketing campaign, which goals to strengthen social justice. Nonetheless, the Grammy-winning rapper is going through backlash for his enterprise deal after beforehand exhibiting solidarity with Kaepernick. Kaepernick gained notoriety, and the scorn of figures together with President Trump, for taking a knee in the course of the nationwide anthem to name consideration to social injustice and police brutality in minority communities.
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“It’s typical for the NFL to purchase totally different PR seems to be to cowl up their filth — that’s nothing new. However what’s disgusting and disappointing is Jay-Z allow them to use him,” Nessa instructed her Instagram followers. “Whether or not Jay-Z knew it or not (I don’t doubt his intelligence-so I’d suppose he knew) he helped the NFL bury who he stated is an iconic determine, Colin Kaepernick.”
Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.