After a week’s worth of Kaepernick developments, Jay-Z stays silent

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At one point in the three-year Colin Kaepernick saga, Jay-Z publicly supported Kaepernick. In the busiest week of Kaepernick-related news and developments since he became a free-agent in March 2017, Jay-Z has said nothing.

Yes, reports last week suggested that Jay-Z had influence over the decision to stage a workout for 32 teams who have had at all times since Kaepernick became a free agent the ability to work him out whenever they may have wanted to work him out. But others connected to the workout insist that Jay-Z had nothing to do with it, suggesting that he may be simply trying to claim partial credit in order to undo some of the damage done when he partnered with the NFL and promptly downplayed Kaepernick’s quest to return to football.

Jay-Z said nothing in the days between the scheduling of the workout last Tuesday and Saturday, the scheduled date for it.

Then came Kaepernick’s non-workout workout, which disintegrated amid P.R. and/or legal maneuverings by both sides. Citing an unnamed source, SI.com reported on Sunday that Jay-Z “disappointed with Colin’s actions and believes he turned a legitimate workout into a publicity stunt.” On Monday, the management, music publishing, and entertainment company owned and operated by Jay-Z posted this tweet: “A source at Roc Nation tells us JAY-Z hasn’t spoken to any sources.”

The unnamed source presumably is named Jay-Z. So why won’t he come out and say something/anything in his own name, with his own voice? Everyone has an opinion on the Kaepernick workout, with the issue quickly becoming the latest sports-related example of the reality that we currently have two different nations of people living in the same country.

For most, the choice is binary: Either you hate Kaepernick and blame it all on him, or you support Kaepernick and blame it all on the league. (In this specific situation, it’s possible to blame both sides, and to realize this entire project was doomed from the start. More on that later today.)

Whatever Jay-Z’s position, why won’t he say what it is? For a guy who wore a Kaepernick jersey on SNL in the early months of Kaepernick’s still-lingering unemployment, the silence over the past week has become deafening.

Indeed, even if the source in the tweet from Roc Nation is Jay-Z (and surely it is), all he has said is that he’s said nothing to anyone. Maybe on this specific topic he should say something, to someone.

33 responses to “After a week’s worth of Kaepernick developments, Jay-Z stays silent

  1. Mr. Florio, You presented a well-written understanding of the Agreement the NFL asked Kaepernick to sign. You did not state whether or not this was the same Agreement that EVERY player is required to sign! Also, do you expect people to believe that Kaepernick ever intended to Participate in the workout held at the Atlanta site when he already had an alternate site ready to go and setup with his film crew, the press and others of his PR team? Would you allow a member of your staff to protest the fact that you are an attorney and, by job category, you never provide adequate representation to people of color? Or if that person quit, would you require one of your friends to hire him? C’mon Man!

  2. Or maybe Jay-Z is smart enough to know he can’t win and is keeping his mouth shut. You don’t become a billionaire by being stupid. Also, that is the exact move EVERYONE in entertainment should make on any polarizing issue. You are entertainers, not political/social pundits. No one cares what you think. Best move is to shut your mouth.

    Final thought on this: It really isn’t binary. Jay-Z probably feels much like Stephen A. Smith. Kap had a point to start and has done everything in his power to undermine any chance to get back in the NFL. In my opinion Kap’s initial point was weak to non-existant, but I respect (for the first and only time) Stephen A.’s position and my presumptive stance of Jay-Z.

  3. This is not binary. Both Kaepernick and the NFL handled their sides of this poorly. The difference though is that Kaepernick has been handling things poorly all along while the NFL has done well to take the high road and stay totally fair through everything before now. That changed here, there is no way you can say this was a fair chance being given to Kaepernick, the NFL looks ridiculous trying to pretend otherwise. And so now its no longer accurate to say the NFL has stayed fair all the way through. And also it was the NFL that started this episode where they really did not have to. Kaepernick was only responding. In the end this particular episode is mostly on the NFL and very little on Kaepernick.

  4. Why does everyone need to appease Colin Kaepernick or try to justify their opinion on his plight?

    You can strongly believe our nations needs to make some changes in the juvenile justice system, reform policing policies, improve educational opportunities for all socioeconomic groups, etc., and at the same time not support Colin Kaepernick. These two opinions are NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE.

  5. It is what it is. What exactly is he suppose to say. Yes it appears Kap and his circle turned this into a bit of PR stunt but the league did him no favors by having a workout a day before game day where it be limited in the first place.

  6. Jay-Z is trying to mainstream himself. He’s seen the success Kanye has had joining the ranks of the evangelical fake christians and thinks that he can appeal to a crossover audience.

  7. And now you’re being ridiculous.

    Only the media would try to MANUFACTURE a story like this. “Oh no, Jay-Z hasn’t spoken, so we can’t get fake OUTRAGE at his comments!”

    Someone needs to point out to MF that freedom of speech also includes the freedom to choose NOT to speak…

  8. JayZ should not have any influence over the league. Pandering to him is a mistake.
    His music does not represent the demographic that pays the bills for the league.
    The league should know this.

  9. Looks like everyone lost in that one. Good im glad. That huge stunt had nothing to do with playing football. All egos.

  10. Sometimes, the best part of valor is silence. In the real world, we often must keep our feelings and opinions to ourselves, for self survival.

  11. I really think if Kap had a good workout and kept his mouth shut, he would get signed. But, he had to stand there afterward and “thank y’all” and then go on about how Goodell and the rest of the 32 teams can “stop running” from him. No one wants a rabble-rouser on their team.

  12. You guys can’t even go two days without mentioning this fool or his antics. Let it go. He pretty much sealed his fate on Saturday when he tried to continue to portray himself as a martyr, show absolutely 0 humility in the process, and make sure he gets press for his propaganda. Again, this is not some future HOF’er being cast aside. This is a career 59.8% passer who was supposedly “trying” to get back in the NFL. Even the people who supported him are now catching onto his theatrics and stopping to defend him for it. All except for you that is.

  13. Why would he have to say anything? He clearly can’t win with speaking out either way, so the smart thing is to remain silent. Especially when idiots like Eric Reid question your “blackness” just because you supposedly don’t support Kaep and then this hypocrite idiot doesn’t even wait for his buddy’s workout to end but flies to his team because his paycheck is more important to him then these issues. Which is completely fine but then don’t play both sides of the argument cause you just look foolishly stupid. Jay-Z is looking much much smarter today than either Kaep or Reid.

  14. Any one really care what any celebrities have to say about anything other than their craft: music, TV, movies, etc.?

  15. saulg2 says:
    November 19, 2019 at 8:05 am
    The players may like JayA and his music, the people that buy tickets do not.
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    I buy tickets and also like (most of) Jay Z’s music.

  16. saulg2 says:
    November 19, 2019 at 8:04 am
    JayZ should not have any influence over the league. Pandering to him is a mistake.
    His music does not represent the demographic that pays the bills for the league.
    The league should know this.
    ———————-

    How do you know his music demographic doesn’t pay the bills for the NFL? Have you been to a Jay Z concert? Dude is a billionaire for a reason. His audience is much more then the inner city communities that you are implying in your lame ass racist comment.

    Give me a break

  17. Kaepernick has proven he doesn’t want to play football again. I can’t remember a single time in its history the NFL organized a workout for any other individual player. It’s unfathomable Kaepernick has b–tched for 2 years about not being given an opportunity and then, when it’s given, he deliberately screws it up. This should put the Kaepernick issue to bed for good.

  18. That’s because he knew he was getting a sham PR tryout.

    NFL doesn’t want Kap. Kap doesn’t want to play anymore. He wants to be a “Social Injustice face”. This weekend was a win for both parties.

    NFL can “save face” by saying they aren’t colluding and not pay out Kap a second time for black balling him.

    Kap wins, because he can “stick it” to the NFL. Showing he does still have the talent/skills, while also changing the venue, etc.

  19. The negativity vs talent tradeoff with him makes me wonder why this continues to be a story.
    When teams won’t even talk to guys like AB, who is incredibly talented, why do people still think they should talk to a guy who was an average QB when he was playing? Kaepernick knows he’s not worth it, that’s why he’s doing everything he can to not show up. The NFL, in my opinion, should have called this a “Put up or Shut up workout”.

  20. And really what true NFL fan really cares what JayZ has to say? JayZ isn’t the NFL. He
    has a contract with the NFL but he isn’t an owner yet, nor really in a position to dictate anything the NFL does.

  21. bob3339 says:
    November 19, 2019 at 11:16 am
    That’s because he knew he was getting a sham PR tryout.

    NFL doesn’t want Kap. Kap doesn’t want to play anymore. He wants to be a “Social Injustice face”. This weekend was a win for both parties.

    NFL can “save face” by saying they aren’t colluding and not pay out Kap a second time for black balling him.

    Kap wins, because he can “stick it” to the NFL. Showing he does still have the talent/skills, while also changing the venue, etc.

    ————————-
    Almost had me there. But Kaep showed that he does not have the skills.there were a few good throws but his accuracy was not good, he missed on a lot of them and there were quite a few more where the WR had to adjust, and a lot of those would have been picks had a DB been present. I watched the full length one on you tube. I have not seen the one he circulated and if its maybe edited to just show the goid moments. If so then yeah, he can wave that around to stick it to the league.

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