While people are taking sides on Jay-Z and Colin Kaepernick drama, there is one person who is showing tons of love to the former NFL player. The mother of Mario Woods, Gwendolyn Woods, whose son was shot 21 tines by police in 2015.
Gwendolyn told TMZ about Kaep, “He should know that he’s impacted a family and a community that never had a platform, never had a voice. I am very proud of him.” She also added that “putting his money where his mouth is.” See below:
Kaepernick recently said the 2015 shooting of Mario Woods inspired his activism. He told Paper that he created the Know Your Rights Camp (KYRC), a traveling youth-empowerment initiative, saying, “The discussion happened shortly after the execution of Mario Woods.”
On December 2, Woods, 26, was killed by five San Francisco police officers. His mother sued Gwendolyn the city and received a $400,000 settlement in 2018.
In case you missed it, the Brooklyn native met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and said we are beyond kneeling and it’s time for “actionable items.”
Now it is being reported that the rapper will be part owner of an NFL team.
Eric Reid blasted Jay-Z, saying, “Jay-Z claimed to be a supporter of Colin, wore his jersey, told people not to perform at the Super Bowl because of the treatment the NFL did to Colin. And now he’s going to be a part owner … It’s kind of despicable.”
He also said, “He’s capitalized on this situation. Nobody to my knowledge talked about social justice before Colin started protesting. That was not a topic of the NFL off the field. For Jay-Z to come in and partner to address social justice, do it behind Colin’s back, get paid to do it … I don’t have words.”
Last week, Kaepernick marked the third year of his kneeling protest during the playing of the national anthem with a social media post of his own saying in no uncertain terms that he would continue “to work and stand with the people in our fight for liberation, despite those who are trying to erase the movement!”
See the post below:
Jay has also been slammed by Jemele Hill, Dr. Cornell W. Brooks, the former president of the NAACP, and many more. Many have accused the rapper of selling out, especially since he once wore his jersey and allegedly told Travis Scott not to perform at the Superbowl.