While Jay-Z Cashed In On Roc Nation Superbowl, Kaepernick Was Feeding And Clothing The Black Poor
While Jay-Z cashed in on his recent business partnership with the NFL, Colin Kaepernick did not spend Super Bowl Sunday watching his former team lose. Instead, Kaepernick helped those in need, TMZ reported.
The former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers spent more than an hour in Harlem Sunday with employees of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and toured the building. The center is known as the world’s leading cultural institution devoted to the “research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.”
Then he headed to the SCO Family Shelter in Jamaica, Queens, where he and former 49ers teammate Eric Reid teamed up with 100 Suits for 100 Men — a nonprofit that helps underprivileged men and women get business-clothes so they have a better shot at getting a job.
After that, Kaepernick helped serve meals at the shelter with some help of volunteers from the LES Girls Club and Know Your Rights, TMZ reported.
The San Francisco 49ers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Jay-Z watched the game at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Kaepernick was drafted and played for the 49ers from 2011 to 2016. Sunday’s trip to the Super Bowl was the first time the 49ers made it back there since Kaepernick helped lead them to a Super Bowl during the 2012-2013 season.
Kaepernick started a movement in 2016 when he took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism. After opting out of his contract following his 2016 season, he was not picked up by another NFL team. Now he’s being blackballed by the NFL.
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Jay-Z has taken heat since holding an Aug. 14 press conference with National Football League Commissioner Goodell to announce a partnership with Roc Nation. The deal made Roc Nation the NFL’s live music entertainment strategist, co-producing the Super Bowl halftime show and choosing who gets to perform. It’s a partnership that brought together two of the country’s biggest brands.
Many people felt like the NFL was buying Jay-Z to help clean up its tarnished image, and that Jay-Z sold himself, turning his back on Kaepernick and the protest.
TMZ obtained footage of Kaepernick helping some of the recipients trying on their new outfits.