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Colin Kaepernick’s Camp Received ‘Little to No Response’ From All 32 NFL Teams About a Job

Colin Kaepernick has been blackballed from the NFL for the past three years ever since he started his peaceful protest against police brutality on the field.

His team of representatives, Jeff Nalley and Jasmine Windham, released a statement titled “Facts to Address the False Narratives Regarding Colin Kaepernick.”

The two-page statement addressed a couple of rumors surrounding the former quarterback’s fate at the NFL and what occurred since his departure.

“There have been so many false narratives in the media regarding Colin, we believe it is important to set the record straight again,” the statement reads. “Nothing below is up for interpretation or debate, it’s the truth and nothing else.”

Kaepernick’s team reassures he’s still capable to play although he filed a grievance which has already been settled. They also confirm that despite reports, he has not interviewed or worked out with any team. He did visit the Seattle Seahawks, however, the team didn’t work out with him.

“I have reached out to all 32 teams about Colin’s employment, with little to no response from teams about an opportunity for Colin,” Nalley wrote. “In 25 years, I have never seen anything like it.”

The docs state Kap has spent the past three years preparing for the possibility to get back on the field. Some question his desire because he’s the one that walked away from the 49ers, but the statement clears that up too.

“Colin opted out after his conversation with the 49ers GM, John Lunch, who told Colin they were going to cut him and publicly state, ‘I don’t want to characterize it as he made a decision to leave here … You can opt out, we can release you,’” Nalley wrote. “Colin opted out prior to free agency to maximize potential employment opportunities and because the 49ers would have cut him prior to the start of the 2017 season.”

The full statement in regards to Colin Kaepernick is available below:

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She Her Own Boss! Despite RocNation Connection, Rihanna Turns Down Super Bowl Halftime Show

Despite being close to JAY-Z and RocNation, Rihanna is her own boss and is not about to be doing any of her hit songs at the NFL’s upcoming Super Bowl.  In her interview in the November Vogue issue, she shared that although she had been invited to perform at the halftime show, she was cool as a cucumber on the idea.

READ MORE: Uncle Luke Slams JAY-Z, Refers to him as NFL’s ‘Token Black Guy’

“I couldn’t dare do that,” she tells the fashion bible. “For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”

“People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal,” she said. “That should never, ever be normal. And the fact that it’s classified as something different because of the color of their skin? It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist. Put an Arab man with that same weapon in that same Walmart and there is no way that Trump would sit there and address it publicly as a mental health problem. The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president.”

Rihanna has taken this stance in a move of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who has been basically based and blacklisted after taking a knee in protest of police brutality and racism during the National Anthem  in 2016.

Ri Ri, according to Pop Sugar, will also be  releasing a 500-plus-page visual autobiography later this month. J-Lo and Shakira will be performing in Miami at the Super Bowl, and JAY-Z is responsible for making it fly.

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Nike’s Colin Kaepernick ‘Dream Crazy’ Ad Wins Emmy

Nike played a wild card when they decided to join forces with the exiled quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. On Sunday, The Hollywood Reporter stated the unimaginable: The ad won an Emmy.

The sportswear giant’s controversial “Dream Crazy” ad featuring Kap won for outstanding commercial at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The two-minute video made its debut on Thursday night open of the 2018 NFL season. He’s sporting his signature afro and says “believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” When LeBron James appears on the screen, Kaepernick says, “Don’t become the best basketball player on the planet, be bigger than basketball.”

Although it’s now an Emmy-winning ad, it was met with backlash. People threatened to boycott Nike and of course, Donald Trump gave his two cents when it was released.

“Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts,” he tweeted. “I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!”

Too bad everyone wasn’t happy about the Nike x Kaepernick partnership because the manufacturer market value jumped $3 billion as a result.

On the other hand, Colin still isn’t signed to a team.

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Watch: Colin Kaepernick Shares Workout Footage W/ Odell Beckham Jr: “From Putting In Work Predraft To Staying Ready Against The Odds!”

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NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick is staying ready for his inevitable comeback. The sports star went to Instagram last night with footage of himself training alongside Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

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Diddy on JAY-Z’s NFL Partnership: “I Believe in Taking Action”

The sides are still split on what the JAY-Z’s deal with the NFL means, but now Diddy has spoken out as an advocate for his brother on Instagram.

Sharing one of the clips that many states has been cut from the soundbites of Hov that hit the new, Puff big upped Hov’s move while also appreciating how far Colin Kaepernick has gotten the movement.

“Hov is one of the greatest to ever do it, he has been there more than anybody from the hip hop culture, including me,” Diddy wrote. “He always has been so selfless and fights for other people. We as a people can not be divided and conquered at this time!!

“I’m so proud of @kaepernick7 and the attention he was able to bring and the efforts he continues to make,” Diddy added.

“I believe in taking action, taking steps towards the right direction and I support all my brothers that are out here taking ACTION.”

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Hov is one of the greatest to ever do it, he has been there more than anybody from the hip hop culture, including me. He always has been so selfless and fights for other people. We as a people can not be divided and conquered at this time!! ⁣ ⁣ I’m so proud of @kaepernick7 and the attention he was able to bring and the efforts he continues to make. I’ll continue to support him in every way possible. ⁣ ⁣ I’m also proud of my brother JAY Z for showing how it should be done! It’s time to play chess not checkers, I believe he is going to do some incredible things. ⁣ ⁣ I was just watching everything last week but it hurt me to my heart because I know this man personally. He’s one of the most genuine and intelligent black leaders we’ve ever had. We cannot go against each other, there’s not enough of us. I applaud Jay Z and I applaud the NFL for bringing him in. ⁣ ⁣ This isn’t just about the NFL, it’s about how black and brown people are treated daily across this country. We have to come together and make the hard decisions, nobody is going to do it for us. ⁣ ⁣ I believe in taking action, taking steps towards the right direction and I support all my brothers that are out here taking ACTION. ⁣ ⁣ Together we are unstoppable. #BLACKEXCELLENCE!! Happy Monday!! Be Great! ✊🏿🖤

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Jermaine Dupri Shuts Down Rumors that JAY-Z Convinced him Not to Take NFL Deal, Funk Flex Isn’t Buying It

Jermaine Dupri stopped by Big Tigger’s show on Atlanta’s V-103 to address the claims that JAY-Z told him he shouldn’t work for the NFL.

“He and I never had a conversation where he told me, ‘don’t do what you’re doing.’ What our conversation was… ‘you know what side I’m on, I understand what you’re doing.’ That’s what the conversation was,” Dupri explained.

Funk Flex and Bryan Michael-Cox both claimed Hov advised the super producer not to partner with the league that blackballed Colin Kaepernick for peacefully kneeling to fight for social justice.

“I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH JERMAINE DUPRI… HE CONFIRMED THAT WHEN HE WAS WORKING WITH THE NFL LAST YEAR HE DID GET A CALL FROM JAYZ ASKING HIM.. “HOW DEEP ARE U IN WITH THE NFL?” EXPRESSING… “THAT MIGHT NOT BE A GOOD IDEA,” the Hot 97 DJ tweeted.

The deal in question was JD putting together a free concert series in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park days before Super Bowl LIII.

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However, Flex thinks Jermaine Dupri’s recent interview is a direct result of the “NFL / ROCNATION applying that pressure for YOU to backpedal.” He’s clearly not buying this explanation and isn’t here for JAY-Z partnering with the NFL. He reposted the Atlanta musician’s interview and ended the caption saying, “( I finally understand what Kap / Nessa been Experiencing! )”

What do you guys think?

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Rev. Al Sharpton Says Jay-Z vs. Kaepernick Talk is Pulling Away From Real Issues

Al Sharpton has the right idea. Rev. Sharpton was a guest during Harlem Week and spoke on the rift that has rippled across social media and has split audiences on who is right between JAY-Z and Colin Kaepernick. He shared the issue isn’t about who is right or wrong and the people are getting away from the real meanings.

“This ain’t about Colin Kaepernick’s knee,” Sharpton said at the National Action Network’s event. “It’s about choking Eric Garner to death, it’s about the shooting of Tamir Rice, it’s about Michael Brown.

“They asked [me] ‘What do you think about Jay Z? They’re calling him a sellout and all that.’ I said, ‘The issue is Jay Z has done documentaries around and about [Kalief] Browder and other things. I’m not attacking Jay Z and I won’t participate until Kaepernick has a job. The issue is Eric Garner. This issue is Tamir Rice. Keep your eyes on the bigger picture.”

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Freddie Gibbs Supports Jay-Z, Says ‘F*ck Colin Kaepernick’

Last week, the NFL and JAY-Z announced a partnership that would put efforts toward the league’s entertainment performances and social justice efforts. The news split voices across the Internet to where some believe the deal is a sign of change and others are considering it as a capitalist mindset from Hov and a slight to the work of Colin Kaepernick. Freddie Gibbs hit Instagram and made sure that his support for Hov was known.

“I’m riding with Jay-Z, straight up. Fuck Colin Kaepernick,” Gibbs said. “All y’all niggas marched for Colin Kaepernick and he took a settlement and aint tell y’all what he got or nothing. He settled. Let it go. Y’all hating on Jay-Z for tryna own something in the NFL. Y’all niggas some muthafuckin’ crabs.”

The settlement Gibbs is referencing occurred in February of 2019, however, very few details were revealed to the public. Since, Kaepernick has shown interest in wanting to return to the league as recently as last week, showcasing his ability to still get the job done in a video shared on Twitter.

Over the weekend, TMZ revealed JAY-Z is on his way to NFL ownership as well. Currently, there is no word on what team is the one that will have Hov in the ownership group.

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Colin Kaepernick Shares Training Clip + Reminds Us He’s Ready For NFL Comeback: “Thank You For Having My Back!”

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NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick is ready to get back to it. The publicized Black Lives Matter activist has shared a clip reminding fans he’s ready for a huge comeback.

CK went to Instagram Thursday to thank fans for supporting his initiatives and to share a training video.

This week, various hip-hop entertainers and media personalities have flexed support for Kaepernick after news developed about music icon JAY-Z partnering up with the NFL.

New York rapper Mysonne also explained his issues with the NFL’s alleged stance against Colin Kaepernick.

“So I’ve been asked to give my opinion on this, seeing as how I have been “VERY VOCAL” in my call for a Boycott of the NFL and my Standing with @kaepernick7 . For The Record I’m still Boycotting the NFL until @kaepernick7 is playing, but I am not Mad about #jayz making this Partnership. Jay has shown solidarity by Refusing to perform by Vocally expressing his protest in music, but now he has an opportunity to sit at the Table and Make Change! He has the opportunity to sit at the table and make sure what happened to @kaepernick7 and @e_reid35 NEVER happens Again!! I do Respect @e_reid35 position tho, it does Seem disingenuous to do now after The news of Trumps Fundraising and all the flack The @nfl is Recieving to partner with @rocnation now, But we want Change so I have to see What Jay and Roc Nation Plan to do with the Partnership! Jay has yet to Shuck.and jive or be A token Nigga so I dont believe he will Now! I have to give him the benefit of the doubt! I hope one of his first missions are to Get @kaepernick7 a job on a team. That would be dope, but I must admit @kaepernick7 silence after his settlement is confusing to Many of Us who support him. Most dont know whether to Boycott or celebrate!! I respect Eric Reid but hes playing on a team sooo 🤷🏾‍♂️… @kaepernick7 if you see this King . You started A movement and your followers Need some direction here!! As for @rocnation please do the work I believe you will do. ( Ps. Im Still Not Watching A NFL .. ) #iworkforthepeople#Godswork#Soulnotforsale (Mysonne’s Instagram)

This week, JAY-Z spoke to media about the perception of only using his new Roc Nation/NFL partnership as an opportunity to address players kneeling to protest police brutality.

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JAY-Z Says NFL Partnership Is Way Bigger Than Colin Kaepernick: “We’re Past Kneeling. Now Let’s Address Injustice!”

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Music icon JAY-Z is making it 100 percent clear – his NFL partnership is way bigger than football players kneeling. The hip-hop mogul has further addressed the motivation behind teaming up with the controversial professional league.

This week, Young Hov spoke to media about the perception of only using his new Roc Nation/NFL partnership as an opportunity to address players kneeling to protest police brutality.

Despite the huge power move, some media outlets have questioned JAY’s interest in really bringing social justice with the partnership.

Jay-Z has earned the benefit of the doubt, however. I’ve racked my brain trying to find the hidden chess move or way that this can continue the work the businessman has put forth in the last half-decade, but I don’t know how he or anyone thinks that partnering with the NFL can bring tangible, real-life change. His quotes since the announcement have only augmented my concerns: “I have to believe that even if it’s not sincere, we’re going to get things done,” he told the New York Times. He also told the Wall Street Journal that “I can’t control—no one can control—the world that we live in currently, and people’s choice to vote self-interests.” These are both very neutered comments from someone who has seemingly been so invested in challenging established structures and corporate American mainstays. Right now, all evidence points to Jay-Z cashing out, creating a new capitalist opportunity for Jay-Z and Jay-Z alone. (Even if this is a move to become the first black NFL owner, the net benefactor is Jay-Z and the NFL’s pockets.) (Playboy)

This week, both rap stars Wale and J. Cole went to their Twitter pages to salute Kaepernick.

According to JAY-Z, he did talk to Kaepernick but details about his stance toward a new Roc Nation/NFL partnership remain unknown.

Jay-Z and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gathered with reporters for a press conference at Roc Nation’s offices on Wednesday to discuss their new entertainment and social-awareness partnership, which was revealed yesterday after news leaked. Jay and Goodell said that they both have had conversations with Kaepernick, but declined to reveal any details about those conversations, or what his stance on the partnership may be. Asked whether they plan to involve Kaepernick in the partnership, Jay said, “You’ll have to ask him, I’m not his boss. That’s for him to say.” (Variety)

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