Jay-Z's controversial NFL deal has divided people into two camps: those who think he can and should use his influence to help reform the NFL — and those who believe the rapper is a self-serving sellout for letting the NFL use his image to clean up their own, without making any substantial policy changes, specifically re-hiring Colin Kaepernick.
Cardi B, a longtime supporter of Kaepernick — who turned down the Super Bowl half time show in support of him — revealed how she feels, when stopped and asked about Jay-Z's NFL deal by TMZ this weekend.
"I think he could make the change, you know what I'm saying?" she told a reporter. "I feel like he just didn't went on the NFL deal without an agreement. I know he went in there... well I don't know, but I feel like he went in there like 'Alright, if ya'll want me to work with y'all, y'all need to bring my peoples in there, y'all need to do things my way. And I feel like he's gonna change it."
When the reporter pushed her on the fact that Kaepernick still doesn't have a job, despite Jay-Z's deal, she said "I feel like Jay-Z could bring back Colin Kaepernick, I feel so. I feel like he has that power."
Despite Cardi's faith in Jay-Z, critics are skeptical he'll use his influence to advocate for Kaepernick, given that, although he previously expressed support for him, Jay-Z did not speak to the player and activist until after the deal was signed.
Kaepernick seemed to respond to Jay-Z's recent statement in a press conference, that "I think we've moved past kneeling. I think it's time for action," on Twitter this week.
My Brothers @E_Reid35 @KSTiLLS @iThinkIsee12 continue to fight for the people, even in the face of death threats. T… https://t.co/hvpd7s0kbe— Colin Kaepernick (@Colin Kaepernick) 1566150400.0
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