Colin Kaepernick has responded to Jay-Z’s new NFL deal.
The free agent quarterback took a veiled shot at the rapper on August 18 just days after Jay-Z announced a new partnership with the NFL.
Kaepernick tweeted a photo of NFL players Eric Reid, Kenny Stills, and Albert Wilson with the accompanying caption, “my brother @E_Reid35, @KSTiLLS, @iThinkIsee12 continue to fight for the people, even in the face of death threats. They have never moved past the people and continue to put their beliefs into action. Stay strong Brothers!!!”
Kaepernick has famously remained unsigned by NFL teams for three years for his kneeling protests of police brutality during the national anthem. Many have interpreted his tweet as a critique of Jay-Z for the rapper’s comments if he still supports kneeling, to which he responded “I think we’ve moved past kneeling. I think it’s time for action.”
The NFL announced the new deal with Jay-Z and Roc Nation on August 13. Together, the two organizations say they will collaborate on various social justice initiatives, as well as Super Bowl halftime shows. The same week, TMZ also reported that Jay-Z was exploring potential part ownership of an NFL team.
Kaepernick has not played in an NFL game since 2016.