Eric Reid doesn’t sound happy with Jay Z and Roc Nation.
On the day it was announced the rapper, producer and entrepreneur and his company had agreed to a deal with the NFL, the Panthers’ safety had some harsh words in response.
In a story released by ESPN, Jay Z was asked about the ramifications of agreeing to a deal with the NFL, an organization that recently was involved in (and settled on) a civil lawsuit with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. That lawsuit alleged collusion between team owners to not sign the former 49ers signal-caller due to his taking a knee during the national anthem.
“For me it’s like action, (an) actionable item, what are we gonna do with it?” Jay Z said. “Everyone heard, we hear what you’re saying, and everybody knows I agree with what you’re saying (in Kaepernick’s underlying message). So what are we gonna do? You know what I’m saying? (Help) millions and millions of people, or we get stuck on Colin not having a job.”
The NFL’s deal with Roc Nation will — in Jay Z’s paraphrased words — “amplify the league’s Inspire Change initiative for social justice. And the opportunity to potentially accomplish big things and uplift many in communities important to him was an opportunity he couldn’t ignore.”
But while this deal has been made, Kaepernick remains unemployed in the NFL. That is what got Reid to respond.
“These (effecting social change and Kaepernick being employed with the NFL) aren’t mutually exclusive,” Reid wrote. “They can both happen at the same time! It looks like your goal was to make millions and millions of dollars by assisting the NFL in burying Colin’s career.”
These aren’t mutually exclusive. They can both happen at the same time! It looks like your goal was to make millions and millions of dollars by assisting the NFL in burying Colin’s career. https://t.co/LFBZpbj2tw
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) August 15, 2019
Wednesday marked the three-year anniversary of when Kaepernick began protesting social injustice and looking to encourage change. He began by sitting on the bench during the national anthem and then moved to taking a knee after discussions with former University of Texas long-snapper and Green Beret Nate Boyer.
Kaepernick would finish that season with the 49ers but has not played in the NFL since and eventually filed a civil suit against the league saying the owners were trying to keep him out due to his protest. That suit was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
Eric Reid also wasn’t signed for a good portion of the following season and also alleged the NFL colluded not to sign him as well after he was the first player to kneel alongside Kaepernick, who was his teammate in San Francisco. He is now playing with the Panthers and signed a three-year, $22.05 million contract with Carolina last season.
Reid, however, continues to fight to get Kaepernick back into the NFL.