Hip-Hop’s first billionaire Jay-Z recently inking a deal with the NFL to run the Super Bowl Half Time Show and help them look like they care about social justice included him taking “significant ownership interest” in one of the teams, according to TMZ. Please let it be the New England Patriots because that will really rile up the remaining racists in Southie.
What does Jay-Z know about running a football team? Well, he’s a fan and he’s got a sports management company – ROC NATION.
We’re told Jay wants to become a part owner “because he’s a huge fan, already has a sports business and wants to continue to be a change agent for the NFL.”
So, does this mean he’ll be on the field slapping the players’ asses when they get a goal or whatever it is? Nope.
Our sources make it clear … “Jay is not an NFL agent and does not take part in the operations of the NFL players in Roc Nation.”
So, we’re talking skybox seats and trying not to check out any girls in case wifey notices which could result in her fans trying to burn down the poor gal’s house with their evil stan mind rays.
No word on which team but this is supposed to happen in the “near future.” Jay used to own part of the New Jersey Nets (that’s basketball) but he sold his share in 2013.
In other Jay-Z and the NFL deal news, remember the part where Hova’s sports company is entering into a social justice partnership with them? This sounds nice on paper but some people think there’s a name missing in all of this talk. Jay’s being accused of helping the NFL skirt around the Colin Kapernick issue, according to Vox. Kaepernick is the former San Fran 49er who left the NFL (and later sued and came to a confidential settlement with them) in 2017 after taking a knee on the field during the National Anthem out of protest multiple times that season.
They argue that the rapper, who has long funded impactful social justice causes and has used his platform to praise Kaepernick’s protest, is disregarding the fact that the NFL has still not signed Kaepernick to a team. And in Jay-Z becoming the new face of the NFL’s social change initiative, critics claim he is also disingenuously capitalizing on Kaepernick’s protest, using the NFL’s desire to deflect criticism to make more money for himself.
Here’s what Kaepernick’s girlfriend Nissa Diab had to say on Instagram.
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We will never turn our backs on @kaepernick7 because your idols decided to work with the same organization that is actively keeping Colin unemployed all because he peacefully protested against social injustice in black and brown communities, specifically police brutality. So really, how can Jay-Z and the NFL utter social justice in their partnership while keeping Colin unemployed because of his social justice work? • • It’s typical for the NFL to buy different PR looks to cover up their dirt-that’s nothing new. But what is disgusting and disappointing is Jay-Z let them use him. Whether Jay-Z knew it or not (I don’t doubt his intelligence-so I would think he knew) he helped the NFL bury who he said is an iconic figure, Colin Kaepernick. • • Don’t tell me there’s a “master plan and wait for it” because the ONLY reason anything would ever change is because THE PEOPLE are loud and clear and won’t let the league buy their loyalty with their disingenuous moves. The people are letting the league and anyone who works with them know that they aren’t buying the bs. • • Thank you all so much for showing Colin so much support and love. I know for myself, I can’t thank y’all enough for loving my family. • #imwithkap #nokapnonfl ❤️❤️❤️ • • #RP: @kaepernick7: You never turned your back on me or the people, even when the nfl tried to silence your voice & the movement. You’ve never flinched or wavered. I love you Brother! Let’s get it! @E_Reid35 And to the people – I see you, I hear you and I love you! Thank you for having my back!!!✊🏾 • • 🎥: @relrelrelrel @djtonedef
And to put it more succinctly, Carolina Panther Eric Reid referred to the Jay-Z and the NFL deal as “kind of despicable” in a recent locker room interview.
So it remains to be seen how this will all play out. Most importantly, if Jay-Z does own part of the Pats, can he convince Julian Edelman to release some tasteful nudes as an “art” thing?