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Woah! Jay-Z Possibly Becoming Part Owner Of A NFL Team Has Folks In Their Feelings

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Following the news of Jay-Z’s partnership with the NFL, it has been reported that Marcy's very own is currently working on also becoming a part owner of an NFL team. Everybody isn't happy about it though.  Deets inside.

You've seen all the discussions about Jay-Z partnering with the NFL to help augment the league's social-justice initiatives by developing content and spaces where players can speak about the issues that concern them. Now, according to TMZ, Jay is in talks to become a part owner of a NFL team, and with a "significant percentage" of ownership.

Master plan chess move, or a "me move?"  On one hand, this gives Jay and the black community he's often stood up for and represented the struggles of, a seat at the table.  It allows him a a more direct way to create change from within, if that's the actual goal.  And that's the issue at hand with people who aren't feeling this part of the plan - is his goal to be a change creator?  Or is it to simply line is pockets even further with all the benefits of joining the good ol boys of NFL owners.  Some even think he may have leveraged his wokeness to finagle his way into ownership - since we all know owners only become owners if other owners allow it.  And a person's finances has little to no impact on their decision. 

Now that Jay has sold his reported 1% ownership on the Brooklyn Nets after the NBA took issue with him owning Roc Nation Sports - saying the sports agency is a possible conflict of interest - he may want another sports team in his portfolio.  According to TMZ, Roc Nation Sports isn't an issue for the NFL because Jay-Z himself is not an agent.

No black NFL team owner has a major percentage of a team - the culture of the league has made sure of it.  Is this Hov's way of accomplishing the impossible?  Or is this a chess move to ensure the longevity of social change, as well as a way to make sure Kaepernick at least gets a try-out?

Three years ago, Jay stood with the 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he took a knee against police brutality. He even dissed the NFL a couple times in some of his legendary "Apeshit" lyrics:

"I said no to the Superbowl, you need me, I don't need you/Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too"

So it's no surprise folks are side eyeing this very sudden change of heart, even in the name of "change from within".

Just last year, Mr. Carter tried to convince Travis Scott to boycott the Super Bowl halftime show.  Now, Hov says he simply didnt want Travis playing second fiddle to anyone with his status level. Now, award winning songwriter & producer Bryan Michael Cox says Jay also told Jermaine Dupri not to participate in last year's Super Bowl that went down in their hometown of Atlanta:

Wonder how they feel now.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Jay reportedly began discussing a partnership sometime last year, which led to five more meetings, which eventually resulted in a deal. After the deal was announced, Goodell and Hov held a joint media conference at the Roc Nation offices in New York to answer the questions that everyone wants to know.

Radio personality Charlamagne tha God asked Jay-z "How do you partner with the league on social justice when Colin Kaepernick - who bought it to the attention to the masses by peacefully protesting against social injustice - still out of a job?'

Jay responded:

 

"I think that we forget that Colin's whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice. So, in that case, this the success. This is the next thing because there's two parts of protesting. You go outside and you protest and then the company or the individual says 'We hear you. What do we do next?' "For me it was action. Action...what are we going to do?," he continued. "Everyone heard and we hear what you're saying and everybody know I agree with what you're saying, so what are we going to do? Reaching millions and millions of people or we just stuck on Colin not having a job."

It's pretty obvious that Colin Kaepernick was black-balled from the League once he began his kneeling protest to bring awareness to police brutality and injustice for blacks in America.

The internet chatter has been intense to say the least.  Some feel like Jay Z making an ownership move is no different than Colin taking money from the league in his collusion case settlement in exchange for an alleged gag order, as well as fellow protestor Eric Reid re-joining the league himself. Others are even more pissed than they were after news of the partnership, asking if black folks' struggles are being used by the almost billionaire Mr. Carter as leverage to line his own pockets and investment portfolio.

 

 
 
 
 
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I asked Goodell was Kaep blackballed and he said “No, owners can sign him whenever they want.” I also asked him about people saying this partnership is disingenuous because Kaep doesn’t have a job, and I told him the best PR move the @NFL could do is to sign Kaep but all that’s on the cutting room floor somewhere but this post isn’t about me, it’s about the conversation being had. Like I said In a previous post.....Kaep’s protest worked and continues to work. Awareness has been raised and after awareness comes action. In order to be successful and sustain any process of meaningful change both awareness and action are necessary. I don’t see why anyone would think Jay is doing this for any reason other than he thinks he can make a real change. Has he not shown us he knows how to move in a room full of vultures? NFL shady it needs to be taken over! It may work, it may not work but why root against it when so many brothers playing in the league and communities they care about can benefit from it? If not this way then what’s the plan?? We don’t have to have the same course of action we just need to have the same goal but don’t listen to me tho!!!!!! I have on a #PaperPlane hat with a #ImWithKaep t shirt right now so I can’t be trusted......

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