“I feel like JAY-Z could bring back Colin Kaepernick,” she told TMZ. “I feel so. I feel like he has that power.”
Cardi shared her opinion on Hov’s influence after being asked about the Roc Nation boss’ recent partnership with the NFL, which has been under scrutiny since it was announced. Critics have taken issue with Kaepernick’s lack of involvement in the deal and questioned JAY’s motives.
As part of the agreement, Roc Nation will serve as the NFL’s “live music entertainment strategist.” JAY is also getting involved in the league’s social justice initiative Inspire Change and may reportedly become a co-owner of an NFL team.
The partnership marked a dramatic change from JAY’s past rejections to working with the NFL as a public supporter of Kaepernick. He reportedly encouraged other artists such as Travis Scott to not perform at the Super Bowl halftime show too.
Since becoming a free agent in 2017, Kap has been out of the league. He’s widely believed to have been blackballed for kneeling during the playing of the national anthem in protest of racial injustice.
Earlier this year, he reached a settlement with the NFL after accusing its owners of colluding to keep out him out of the league.
On Sunday (August 18), Kaepernick appeared to react to JAY’s NFL deal by referencing comments Hov made about having “moved past kneeling.”
“My Brothers @e_reid35 @kstills @ithinkisee12 continue to fight for the people, even in the face of death threats,” Kap wrote. “They have never moved past the people and continue to put their beliefs into action. Stay strong Brothers!!!”