(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!