Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid shared some pointed critiques of Jay Z and the partnership with the NFL.
Eric Reid has been a staunch supporter of Colin Kaepernick from the outset of Kaepernick’s protest against the systemic oppression minorities during the national anthem three years ago. He continues to strongly support Kaepernick. Reid also continues to oppose those who undermine Kaepernick’s mission as well as his sacrifice.
Reid recently took aim at Jay Z, due to a lucrative agreement with the NFL that resulted from talks that obviously didn’t include Jay-Z saying something remotely close to, “Until Colin Kaepernick has a job in the NFL, there’s nothing to discuss.”
Reid has been blatantly calling out the deal on social media. After Friday night’s preseason game, Reid had some things to say regarding Jay-Z’s decision.
“Jay-Z claimed to be a supporter of Colin,” Reid stated. “Wore his jersey. Told people not to perform at the Super Bowl because of the treatment that the NFL did to Colin. Now he’s going to be a part owner and . . . . ”
Reid paused for a second or two, then ended his sentence with this: “It’s kind of despicable.”
“When has Jay-Z ever taken a knee, to come out and tell us that we’re past kneeling?” added Reid. “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 that he’s taking now, because we’re not having it.”
Reid had some sharp words for ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith, who supported Jay-Z’s defense to not get caught up in the fact that Kaepernick remains unemployed when assessing the potential benefits of the NFL/Roc Nation deal.
“The order of events that happened, all right?” Reid said. “We were professional athletes first. Then we started protesting systemic oppression. Then Colin lost his job because of protesting for justice. Us fighting for Colin to get a job is returning him to the status quo of being an employee. We didn’t advocate for him to lose his job along the way. I think it’s ludicrous for somebody like Stephen A. to make a statement like that, it’s asinine.”