It's been an interesting weekend for Colin Kaepernick. The polarizing former quarterback was finally given an opportunity to workout for the NFL, but he switched up the plans last minute which threw things into chaos. The NFL claimed Kaepernick was a no show, although the former athlete simply moved the venue so that the press could be present. Kaepernick was opting for more transparency and accountability, but it looks like his plan backfired a bit. Stephen A. Smith was quick to comment on the situation, posting a rant on Saturday after the entire thing occurred. Smith claimed that the NFL owners wanted a "shield."
They preferred no press be present so that if they did choose to pass on Kaepernick, their names wouldn't be dragged through the media. Essentially, the NFL wanted to provide the owners some anonymity so that they could make a decision without being criticized for potentially passing on signing Kaepernick. Eric Reid, a close friend of Kaepernick who also began kneeling while on the San Francisco 49ers, came at Smith on social media. Reid said that Kaepernick wasn't going to be "tap dancing for the NFL," and then went straight after Smith's rant. Of course, the sportscaster came back with a response almost immediately. Check it out below.
Cam Newton Injury Details Revealed By Panthers Safety Eric Reid
Things aren’t looking good for the Panthers.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Carolina Panthers, well, simply put, it has. The team has started the season 0-2 and in those first two games, Cam Newton didn’t play like himself. The MVP-winning quarterback has been having a rough campaign so far and now, it’s gotten even rougher. We reported yesterday on how Newton didn’t practice due to a lingering foot injury. There was no word on the extent of his injury and whether he’d have to miss time but according to safety Eric Reid, it might be more serious than originally expected.
While speaking to reporters, Reid confirmed that Newton is currently in a walking boot. The Panthers have not confirmed whether or not Newton will be able to play on Sunday, although it’s clear that he isn’t feeling his best right now. This is a horrible development for the Panthers as they are trying to pick up their first win of the season and Newton gives them their best chance to do so.
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Since the start of his career, Newton has suffered numerous injuries which have kept him off the field for long periods of time. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck retired from the NFL this past offseason thanks to his lingering injuries and some fans are worried that Newton could do the same.
If you’re a Panthers fan, this can’t be how you imagined the season playing out.
Rapsody On Jay Z’s NFL Partnership: "You Got To Make Change From The Inside"
Rapsody gets Jay Z’s point.
Jay Z‘s partnership with the NFL has brought on a variety of reactions from people who support the rapper but also an even number of people such as Eric Reid who called Jay “despicable” since he once declined a chance to perform at the halftime show and boycotted the sports league for what they did to Colin Kaepernick.
Rapsody is another act to share her opinion on the matter – specifically Jay telling the media that we’re “past kneeling” – and according to her, Jay’s affiliation with the NFL is a great move “because you got to make change from the inside.”
“[JAY-Z] said it perfectly,” she told the crew over at The Breakfast Club, as seen below. “If the issue why we were kneeling was to bring awareness to these issues than that’s exactly what’s happening. It’s not about the kneeling… It’s not about Kaepernick either. Kaepernick wanted to bring awareness but it’s bigger than that. And if you’re going to get Kaepernick in there’s no better way than having JAY-Z sit at the table and figure this thing out.”
“For one, when has Jay-Z ever taken a knee to come out and tell us that we’re past kneeling?” Eric said in response to Jay’s comment. “Yes, he’s done a lot of great work, a lot of great social justice work. But for you to get paid to go into an NFL press conference and say that we’re past kneeling? Again, asinine. Players Coalition 2.0, he got paid to take the bullets he’s taking now because we’re not having it.”
Killer Mike Supports Jay Z’s NFL Deal & Says It "Gives Us A Seat At The Table"
He sat down with Bill Maher to discuss the controversial partnership.
There has been much backlash against Jay Z regarding his new partnership with the NFL. The rap mogul will not only have a say in shaping Super Bowl halftime shows, but he’ll reportedly also become the partial owner of a football team. There have been rumors that Jermaine Dupri was once considering such a deal with the league last year, only to be advised by his good friend Jay Z not to get himself involved. Obviously, Dupri passed on the opportunity during the time when it’s believed that Jay and the NFL were working on a collaborative partnership of their own.
As some, including Eric Reid, Nessa Diab, and Kenny Stills have openly criticized Jay over his latest move, rapper and political-pop culture commentator Killer Mike isn’t adding his name to that list. The Run the Jewels star sat down with Bill Maher to discuss a myriad of topics, and during their discourse, Mike gave his opinion on Hov’s business deal.
“Jay Z is one of us that made it out the streets, made it in the rooms, and he did what he could when he should,” Mike said. “When the Grammys did not show the hip/ hop portion, Jay Z boycotted,” adding that Jay’s NFL deal “gives us a seat at the table…It doesn’t destroy what Kaep knelt for.” He also noted that he wouldn’t be surprised if Kaep would at least have an opportunity to try out for Jay’s team. Watch it all in full, below.
DJ Khaled Expresses His Support For Jay-Z
As the weeks picks back up, we’ll likely stumble upon a few more headlines surrounding Jay-Z’s recent NFL move.
This weekend, TMZ caught up with Hov’s friend and collaborator DJ Khaled to gather his thoughts on the decision to join forces with what was seemingly the opposition for some time.
At the outset, Khaled tells the outlet that he’s only looking to share”love, positivity, and good energy,” citing the presence of his family.
Thereorterdligentlyobliges,chosingtoguageKhaled’sthoughtsonJay-Z’srecentdecisionwiththeNFLorganization asking if he’s discussed the possibility of Jay owning the Dolphins of Khaled’s native Miami.
“Nah, I haven’t talked to him about that,” he begins. “But shout out to JAY-Z and everything he’s doing,” Khaled said. “He’s always showing love, and always uplifting the people, and always moving the culture forward.”
He’s soon asked if his ambitions match that of Jigga’s with TMZ seeing if Khaled would ever look into ownership in the NFL himself. “Who knows?Every day we strive to be great,” he cryptically explains. “Everyday we go hard.”
While support for Hov and his RocNationdela with the league has been overshadowed by criticism, Khaled is also joined by Cardi who more explicitly expressed her hope that Jay-Z can leverage the deal to bring about real change within the league.
Colin Kaepernick Tells Eric Reid, Kenny Stills & Albert Wilson To "Stay Strong"
Kaepernick is still rooting for his boys.
In the wake of Jay-Z’s deal with the NFL, Colin Kaepernick is showing support for his fellow NFL protestors. Although Kaepernick signed an NFL NDA which prevents him from speaking out against the NFL in return for his settlement check, he can still show support for social justice movements taking place within the NFL camp. The former NFL quarterback took to Instagram on Sunday (August 18) and posted a split-screen image of Eric Reid, Albert Wilson, and Kenny Stills, kneeling. For the caption, Kaepernick pushed his former colleagues to “stay strong.” “My Brothers @e_reid35 @kstills @ithinkisee12 continue to fight for the people, even in the face of death threats,” he wrote. “They have never moved past the people and continue to put their beliefs into action. Stay strong Brothers!!!”
The entire deal surrounding Jay-Z and the NFL is being held under a microscope. Some feel like Jay has sold out, while others believe Jay is making the right move. On one hand, Jay did lead a Superbowl boycott of sorts against the NFL after being asked to perform. On the other hand, how will the NFL ever become more progressive if we don’t have someone in our corner working with them? Only time will tell how this NFL and Jay-Z partnership will turn out.
Cardi B Applauds Jay-Z’s NFL Deal, Thinks He Could "Bring Back Colin Kaepernick"
Cardi B rocks with Jay-Z’s power move.
Cardi B was peeling out of the Bryant Park Hotel in New York City when TMZ apprehended her with a series of loaded questions. First off, the reporter asked her to elaborate on her support of Bernie Sanders 2020, by which she feigned ignorance, implying that a split-career in politics was beyond her limits, much less host a talk-show that touches on hot button issues.
When asked if she’d consider performing at the Democratic National Convention in the event of Bernie Sanders’ crowning, she simply replied, “Sure, why not.” It would seem that Cardi B has learned a thing or two about airing on the side of discretion since being falsely “outed” as a date rapist. The reporter then tabled his next talking point: Jay-Z’s new partnership with the NFL.
“I feel like he went in there like, ‘Alright, you guys want me to work with chy’all, y’all need to bring my peoples in there. Y’all need to do things my way,’ ” she said of Jay-Z. “I feel like Jay-Z could bring back Colin Kaepernick. I feel like he has that power.”
Jay-Z’s deal with the NFL is a divisive issue on the micro-level. Some have argued that it wasn’t Jay-Z place to turn the page on “kneeling for the anthem.” On the other hand, others appreciate his initiative. You could argue that by forcing the NFL to fight against oppression, and pay for it too, he’s actually turned the table right OFF its axis.
Eric Reid Goes In On Jay-Z Allegedly Becoming Part Owner Of NFL Team
Reid is skeptical
When the NFL and Jay-Z's Roc Nation announced a partnership last week, the reactions were mixed. While some agreed that having Jay-Z advise the NFL was a good thing, others saw him as a sellout. It depends on how you look at the situation though. Having a powerful Black voice sitting at the table where NFL execs make decisions is a good thing. Enacting change from the outside hardly works, but having one of our own at the table helping change from the inside is key. On the other hand, Jay did just pass up the chance to perform at the Superbowl and may have instructed others to do the same due to the NFL's destruction of Colin Kaepernick's career. Only time will tell if Jay is in it for a cash grab, or if his moves will actually help change things. One thing is for sure though: A year ago the NFL was thinking about banning all protests and now they're paying out of pocket into social justice programs. The NFL thought they could penalize players to shut them up, and now they're literally paying for their sins. It shows that silencing the issue didn't work, and now they must work to fix things.
When word got out that Jay may also become part-owner of an NFL team, the internet grew more suspicious. Is this just a money move for Jay? Or will Jay's new team be one of the most player-oriented organizations in the league? The legend does have experience in dealing with players and their business. Eric Reid, who knelt alongside Kapernick and also ent up against the NFL, isn't too pleased with the news. Eric Reid talked with reporters Friday night, following the Carolina Panthers preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. When asked about his thoughts on Jay-Z becoming part-owner of a team he stated, “Jay-Z claimed to be a supporter of Colin, wore his jersey, told people not to perform at the Super Bowl because of the treatment that the NFL did to Colin, and now he’s going to be a part-owner … it’s kind of despicable.” If Jay is a sellout to some, I wonder how they feel about Kapernick signing an NDA and taking a check from the NFL to shut his mouth.
Eric Reid Continues Criticism: "When Has Jay-Z Ever Taken A Knee?"
Eric Reid feels that Jay-Z has undermined his position.
After rubbishing Jay-Z’s new NFL deal on Twitter for much of the last week, Eric Reid doubled down, tripled down even, with most incisive commentary yet, following Friday evening’s preseason matchup against the Buffalo Bills. After enduring a lengthy bid on the sidelines for his part in the early anthem protests, Reid landed a spot on the Carolina Panthers last season which he has since been able to maintain leading up to the 2019 campaign.
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“For one, when has Jay-Z ever taken a knee to come out and tell us that we’re past kneeling?” Reid told the press. “Yes, he’s done a lot of great work, a lot of great social justice work.”
Curious to note: while Reid is taking a decisive position AGAINST Jigga’s deal, for political reasons, it does figure as a nuanced position no less. Reid did credit Jay-Z for his level engagement in other instances of social and political unrest. It would seem that Eric Reid was particularly irked by his suggestion that “we’ve moved past kneeling” as a collective whole.
“But for you to get paid to go into an NFL press conference and say that we’re past kneeling? Again, asinine. Players Coalition 2.0, he got paid to take the bullets he’s taking now because we’re not having it.”
Colin Kaepernick Shows Off Throwing Strength With Eric Reid: Watch
Kaepernick is still looking for an NFL opportunity.
Ever since Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the National Anthem back in 2016, it seemed as though the NFL had it out for him. Despite leading the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance and being a serviceable quarterback, Kap was unable to find work in the league and it has led to claims that he was blackballed. Kap's biggest supporter has been former teammate Eric Reid who now plays on the Carolina Panthers. Reid called out Jay Z recently for a deal he made with the NFL that didn't involve Kaepernick's input.
Today, Kaepernick took to Twitter with an epic workout video of him launching passes to Reid down the field. The video seems pretty recent, and Kap made sure to thank Reid for his support over the years.
"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!" Kap wrote.
Kaepernick looks incredibly in shape in the video and his arm strength appears to have not missed a single beat. There's probably a team out there who could use his services right now, although it remains to be seen if anyone will go out on a limb and take the chance.
Would you want to see Kap on your team next season?