The rap star Jay-Z stated he still supports protesting, kneeling, and NFL player Colin Kaepernick. The mogul stipulated this a day after he had announced that his Roc Nation company was partnering with the NFL.
The rap artist Jay-Z, alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fielded questions at Roc Nations’ headquarters about the partnership and Kaepernick, who the rapper always supported in the past.
When asked if he would kneel or stand for the national anthem, Jay-Z said that he thinks we’ve moved past kneeling.
“I think we’ve moved past kneeling. I think it’s time for action,” the Empire State of Mind rapper said.
He then added: “No, I don’t want people to stop protesting at all. Kneeling — I know we’re stuck on it because it’s a real thing — but kneeling is a form of protest. I support protest across the board. We need to bring light to the issue. I think everyone knows what the issue is — we’re done with that.”
Jay-Z defended his decision as “the next phase” in the process begun by Kaepernick, who sparked demonstrations during the U.S. national anthem to protest social and racial injustice.