Jay-Z is partnering with the NFL, but he says he made sure to talk it over with Colin Kaepernick first.
The rapper appeared at a media event with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday, and spoke about the partnership, as well as Kaepernick.
“I think that we forget that Colin’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice so in that case this is a success — this is the next thing,” Jay-Z said when asked about the former quarterback, TMZ reported.
“There’s two parts of protest: the protest, and then there’s a company or individual saying ‘I hear you, what do we do next?’” he continued. “For me it’s about actionable items, what are we gonna do about it?”
Jay-Z and Goodell also said that they had spoken with Kaepernick before launching their partnership.
According to TMZ, Kaepernick’s attorney denied that he had spoken with Jay-Z prior to the announcement.
As for whether Kaepernick would be involved in the partnership, Jay-Z said, “You’ll have to ask him, I’m not his boss. That’s for him to say.”
Kaepernick gained attention during the 2016 NFL season when he began kneeling during the American national anthem to protest against an oppressive criminal justice system.