by G. Brown
Fans are throwing the flag on JayZ latest play on the football field. This week, JayZ shocked the nation when he announced his Roc Nation would be partnering with the NFL. The deal means JayZ will be providing the entertainment line up for the NFL and that includes the coveted Super Bowl halftime show.
A lot of fans are slamming JayZ for being in league with the NFL especially after it blackballed Colin Kaepernick for peaceful protest by kneeling during the national anthem.
The treatment of Kaepernick left a lot of football fans angry and now they’re just confused how JayZ who supported Kap is making deals with the devils that burned him.
Fans aren’t the only ones fuming over the football deal with JayZ. Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid is tackling the music mogul on this move.
Interesting timing on the partnership with Jay-Z on the heels of Stephen Ross’ fundraiser for Donald Trump and the backlash his other companies are getting because of it. #PayAttentionFolks
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) August 14, 2019
Reid told TMZ that JayZ “is selling out and helping “bury” Kap’s career.” Reid continued blasting JayZ saying “…It looks like your goal was to make millions and millions of dollars by assisting the NFL in burying Colin’s career.”
It’s obvious what the NFL is getting out of the deal. JayZ won’t just be providing them with entertainment, but containment of their race relations problem. The Kap situation left many aware that the NFL doesn’t care about social issues facing minorities. JayZ is providing some sort of safety net where he’s supposed to help out on social justice issues.
People may be jumping to judgment and blasting JayZ without knowing what his plans or true intentions are. When asked if he would be involving Kap on plans to work with the league and social justice Jay responded “You’ll have to ask him, I’m not his boss. That’s for him to say.”(TMZ)
Some are defending JayZ and blaming Reid as someone who has no footing to criticize someone as a sell-out since he’s still playing pro football and is part of the problem he’s complaining about.
But one fan put this and all disappoint about celebs and public figures in the proper perspective…
They’re athletes, not revolutionaries…. The sooner black people stop looking to celebrities, rappers, and athletes to be leaders, sooner we can move forward.
No need to figure out why they’re still playing they’re getting paid millions. They ain’t trying to mess that up.
— Shameen 🌪️ (@ShameenYakubu) August 14, 2019
We see celebs on TV, hear them singing the songs that connect with our spirits on the radio or see them act in a role that resonates with our lives and we accept them in our minds as people like us.
JayZ has made it clear he cares about some issues, but he’s not your moral or social leader. He’s the guy who sells you music. He’s the guy married to the beautiful singer who sells you music. He’s in this to make money. So why are people angry that he strikes a deal with the league some see as the devil to make more money.
We need to stop idolizing singers, actors, rappers, and athletes. Just like a compass can’t help you find true north, celebs are not here to point you in the direction you need to go in life. You can love their work, buy all their movies and songs. But don’t look for them to be your personal heroes and saviors. They just people trying to earn a buck. Even if sometimes that means signing a deal with the devil.