How Jay-Z May Have Helped Colin Kaepernick Get New NFL Workout
The hip-hop mogul has major influence in the wake of his recent NFL mega-deal, and reportedly helped the QB get a workout Saturday in Atlanta.
ESPN reported this week that controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick was finally getting a chance to show the NFL whether he still has his mojo or not, via a workout set for Saturday, Nov. 16 in Atlanta.
Kaepernick later confirmed this in a tweet.
I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2019
NFL Insider and RapSheet host Ian Rapoport revealed that Kaep’s chance to get back in the game may have everything to do with Jay-Z‘s apparently substantial influence in the NFL, with which he signed a lucrative partnership in August 2019.
Two notes: 1. Jay-Z, a partner with the NFL on social justice, had some influence here. 2. This is not part of Kaepernick’s settlement, nor did he ask for this in his settlement. https://t.co/6l7z3MYJ5x
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 13, 2019
The Source quoted additional commentary from Rapoport regarding what he’d heard: “I’m also told that JAY-Z, who is working with the NFL on some social justice initiatives, was involved in this and pushed this idea,” he said.
This is an interesting development for several reasons, including the fact that Jay-Z caused some controversy when he signed the deal, saying, “I think we’re past kneeling. I think it’s time to go into actionable items.”
The NFL reportedly set up the workout for the former 49ers QB, who won a collusion suit against the league in early 2019.
Where it goes from there is anyone’s guess.