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  • FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Jay-Z makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation, at the Roc Nation headquarters in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 3:50 pm

Jay-Z defends NFL deal with Roc Nation, talks Kaepernick

MESFIN FEKADU | Associated Press


NEW YORK – A day after Jay-Z announced that his Roc Nation company was partnering with the NFL, the rap icon explained that he still supports protesting, kneeling and NFL player Colin Kaepernick, but he's also interested in working with the league to make substantial changes.

The Grammy winner and entrepreneur fielded questions Wednesday at his company's New York City headquarters alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. When directly asked if he would kneel or stand, Jay-Z said: "I think we've moved past kneeling and I think it's time to go into actionable items."

He added, "The NFL has a huge platform and we can use that huge platform."

On Tuesday the NFL and Jay-Z's entertainment and sports representation company announced they were teaming up for events and social activism.