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Stephen A. Smith Confirms That Jay Z Fought Hard To Get Colin Kaepernick A Tryout With The NFL

(Los Angeles, CA) – When Jay Z struck a deal with the NFL to have a hand in urban relations and entertainment, he was called everything in the book.  Both music and sports’ fans questioned how he could sign up to do business with a league that was effectively black-balling Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee in protest against racial injustices.
Instead of waiting to see what Jay Z would do with this seat at the table, the criticisms flew left and right until Colin Kaepernick was invited to tryout for the NFL in Atlanta.  The narrative changed slightly with fans wondering if Jay Z had anything to do with it or not but with Sean Carter staying mute, no one knew for sure.
Well, sports analyst Stephen A. Smith who has been very vocal about Kap’s approach to that tryout (He switched the location, brought his own receivers, wore a Kunta Kinte shirt and challenged the NFL to man up and stop running in a press conference afterwards) is now explaining why he was so upset with how Colin executed the and blew the opportunity.
Sitting down with the NBA’s Matt Barnes, Smith said part of his disgust was centered around knowing how hard Jay Z worked behind the scenes to get Colin that tryout with the NFL.  Check out the clip at 50:53!

Colin Kaepernick To Work Out For NFL Teams

(Atlanta, GA) – Almost three years ago, Colin Kaepernick sacrificed his career to take a stand on racial injustice and police brutality. He became known more for kneeling during the national anthem in protest than for his football prowess and it eventually came at the expense of his career.
As the protest picked up support with dozens of other athletes, not just football players, taking a knee with Kap, the NFL found itself in a gray area that left coaches and owners stuck between supporting their players’ rights or the Flag. Even though it was never about the flag or saluting the country, anti-kap supporters quickly turned it into that and Colin Kapernick was soon seemingly banned from the NFL.  So much so, that the former 49er’s QB filed a grievance/collusion suit against the league and won and undisclosed amount of money.
Through it all, Colin has always maintained that his heart was on the field and if ever given a chance to get back in the league, he would take it.  Well, that chance is finally here.
The NFL reached out to Kaepernick and told him that a private workout could be scheduled for him Saturday in Atlanta where all 32 teams in the professional football league would be invited. Most question the league’s sincerity because the workout is on a Saturday, a day where all head coaches and general managers will be traveling and preparing for games on Sunday.
Kap could take it or leave it and Saturday he’ll be in Flowery Branch at the Falcons’ practice facility where he will officially embark on a possible return to the NFL.
The workout includes on-field work and an interview. Kaepernick tweeted he’s stayed in shape and has been waiting for this opportunity for three years.
He arrived in Atlanta early this morning. Good Luck Kap!

Colin Kaepernick Reacts To Rihanna’s Super Bowl Boycott

(AP) — Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick is reacting to Rihanna’s boycott of Super Bowl 53. Rihanna shared a sketch of Kaepernick taking a knee in his NFL uniform on her Instagram Story, and wrote that she was beefing with anyone who thought she was watching the big game.

He re-shared the post on his own Instagram, and said he appreciated the support. Rihanna was one of a few musical artists who turned down the opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show because of the NFL’s stance on Kaepernick and other players kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of racism and police brutality.

Jay-Z Reportedly Trying To Get Travis Scott Not To Perform At Super Bowl Halftime Show

(AP) – Jay-Z is reportedly trying to convince Travis Scott to back out of his 2019 Super Bowl halftime performance. The rapper will be taking the stage alongside Maroon 5, the headlining act, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in February.

Jay-Z wants him to pull out, though, because of the NFL’s handling of players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality. Maroon 5 has reportedly been having a hard time finding musical guests who want to perform with them, because artists reportedly don’t want to be associated with the league.

Two Miami Players Kneel During Anthem, Receive A Huge Thank You From Colin Kaepernick

(Denver, CO)  – The protest against racial injustices and oppression has officially continued this season and the two NFL payers that took a knee during the National Anthem received high praise from Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick tweeted ”My Brothers (Stills) and (Wilson) continue to show theirunwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed,” Kapernick saidin his tweet. ”They have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated. … Love is at the root of our resistance.”

Miami Dolphins teammates Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the NFL’s opening Sunday to the delight of the man who started the movement back in 2016, former San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick.  Colin has since been banned from the NFL and is at the inception of a collusion suit against the NFL and its coaches.

Nike recently rewarded the former NFL star for his bravery by making him the face of its 30th Anniversary campaign for the slogan ‘Just Do It’. The ad comes with the message, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”

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Online Nike sales have jumped up 31%.
Stills and Wilson returned the praise saying, ”I know he has our back,” Stills said. ”Really, there has been a huge difference between when we first started protesting and now. A lot of people are reaching out and supporting us, so I really appreciate that. To everybody out there … let’s keep doing our best to make positive change and have these conversations and make our country a better place.”

Watch Nike’s New Ad Featuring Colin Kaepernick

(Nike, USA) – Nike released its 2-minute commercial starring, Colin Kaepernick, the new face of their 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ campaign and not only did they release it, but they released it with the support of the NFL. Kaepernick, who is currently suing the NFL for colluding to keep him out of the league after kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustices, sets a strong example of risking everything while standing for something.

The campaign has been met with both support and anger.  But at the end of the day, those who still don’t understand the movement are cleared blocked by deep rooted issues that have nothing to do with unpatriotic claims. That is not what it’s about.  Race maybe, anti-american concerns….I don’t think so.

Colin Kaepernick The Official Face Of Nike

(SL) – Good news just keeps coming for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  After a judge ruled his collusion case against the NFL would move forward, now he’s being named the Face of Nike’s new campaign.
Nike chose the San Francisco 49ers old slinger to represent its ‘Just Do It’ campaign as the company celebrates the 30 year anniversary of the slogan.
Kaepernick disclosed the new deal by tweeting a photo of himself with the slogan “Believe in something.  Even if it means sacrificing everything.” So fitting, since he hasn’t worked in the NFL since taking a stance against racial injustices by kneeling during the National Anthem at games.   He was the first player to ‘take a knee’.

 

Subpoena Could Be Coming To Donald Trump From Colin Kaepernick’s Legal Team

(SW) – The legal team of Colin Kaepernick is expected to subpoena President Donald Trump in the free-agent quarterback’s pending lawsuit against the NFL, according to a Yahoo Sports report.

Vice President Mike Pence is also expected to be asked to testify in Kaepernick’s case that alleges that league owners conspired to keep him unsigned due to his political stances.

The report states the move is designed to uncover what involvement Trump and his advisors may have had in talks regarding the NFL’s intention to keep players from visibly protesting during the playing of the national anthem.

If You Can’t Beat Em’…Join Em’ Kaepernick Wants In On Diddy NFL Ownership Plan

(SL) – Colin Kaepernick is having no luck finding a team to hire him so now he wants to buy an NFL club. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback says he’s interested in joining an ownership group aiming to buy the Carolina Panthers.

stephen-curry-diddy-panthers-1200x806Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs reportedly is heading the group. Kaepernick tweeted Monday that he wants in. So does Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, who grew up and played college ball near Charlotte, where the Panthers are based.

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday night he plans to sell the team after the season ends. The 81-year-old owner is facing claims of sexual harassment and directing racial slurs at club employees.

Colin Kaepernick Given Muhammad Ali Award

(SL) – He was nominated for Time Magazine’s Man of The Year and now Colin Kaepernick can add another accolade to the stack as he was awared the Muhammad Ali Award at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards.

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Colin Kaepernick receives the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award with Beyonce and Trevor Noah during SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Show on December 5, 2017 at Barclays Center in New York City. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

Beyonce made a surprise appearance to present the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback with the honor. “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah introduced Mrs. Carter and said Kaepernick’s decision to protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem sparked a national conversation about race.

He also noted that Kaepernick has faced consequences from his actions. Past winners of the award include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson.636481091098135497-886622038Kaepernick thanks his supporters saying, “I accept this award, not for myself, but on behalf of the people. Because if it were not for the love of my people, I would not have protested. And if was not for the support from thepeople, I would not be on this stage today.”

Beyoncé thanked Kaepernick for his “selfless heart” in taking a knee against racial injustice and police brutality, which in turn sparked a national movement.

“Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better; to change perception; to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color,” Beyoncé said. “We’re still waiting for the world to catch up.”
She went on to say, “It’s been said that racism is so American that when we protest racism, some assume we’re protesting America. So let’s be very clear,” she said. “Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selflessly serve and protect our country and our communities and our families. His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people. Let’s not get that mistaken.”
Kaepernick remains unsigned.