J. Cole Opens Up On Colin Kaepernick & Boycotting the NFL

What has sadly become the norm every day, President Donald Trump has made headlines for his comments. During a recent press rally, Trump called for any NFL player who...

What has sadly become the norm every day, President Donald Trump has made headlines for his comments. During a recent press rally, Trump called for any NFL player who kneels during the U.S. National Anthem to be fired. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners,” said Trump. “When somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b**ch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’.” Days after those controversial remarks were made, J. Cole is standing strong and revealing why he’s boycotting the NFL.

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In a rare appearance on his Twitter account, the Dreamville MC gave praise to Colin Kapernick. The quarterback has become to most talked about person in sports after becoming the first player to kneel during the U.S. National Anthem last season. The move was a silent protest against oppression and inequality of minorities in America. That move is also why most feel the former San Francisco 49ers player is currently unemployed, as NFL teams and owners refuse to grant Colin a place on a team as some form of punishment for his beliefs.

God bless every player that finds courage to kneel today. But the real power comes from you deciding to not watch,” said Cole. “Your eyes translate to advertising money for the League and it’s owners. Same ones who speak out against Trump today, are the same ones that denied a qualified man a job because he took a stand against injustice.”

Every day they stay quiet on this they’re saying that they condone what’s happening to Kap and the message it sends. Well, you have a choice on how you respond to that,” the Roc Nation star continued. “You can choose to not watch. if a boycott doesn’t force them to action, don’t even trip. This is where the real flex happens. Black people spend a lot of money with NFL corporate sponsors. White people who don’t fuck with white supremacy spend a lot of money too.”

Cole would later touch on boycotting watching NFL games himself and eventually how easy it became. “I respect whatever you decide to do. Watch or don’t watch, whatever’s in your heart. But I’m not watching til it feel right. It was hard during preseason and the first week. But then I was like, wait, is it actually hard? So when I think about it like that it’s very easy on Sunday to say, “Nope, I’m straight.”

He would later end his thoughts by thanking Kaepernick for his sacrifice saying, “This may be the biggest opportunity we have ever been presented to come together and show the world and ourselves our true economic power. Thank you Colin for your sacrifice..

Many NFL players have responded to Trump’s comments by kneeling, locking arms and staying in their lockerrooms during the National Anthem as a form of silent protest before kickoff on Sunday.

God bless every player that finds courage to kneel today. But the real power comes from you deciding to not watch.

Your eyes translate to advertising money for the League and it’s owners.

Your eyes translate to advertising money for the League and it’s owners.

Same ones who speak out against Trump today, are the same ones that denied a qualified man a job because he took a stand against injustice.

You and me have the power to deny them our attention ($$ to them) until they make a wrong situation right.

How do they make it right? I know there are people
smarter than me with better answers. But here’s one.

Hire 3rd party investigator approved by NFLPA to determine if kap was denied a job unfairly as punishment for his stance. (I know, I know)

Bare with me I’m just a rapper.. now look

Every day they stay quiet on this they’re saying that they condone what’s happening to Kap and the message it sends.

Well, you have a choice on how you respond to that. You can choose to not watch.

if a boycott doesn’t force them to action, don’t even trip. This is where the real flex happens.

Black people spend a lot of money with NFL corporate sponsors. White people who don’t fuck with white supremacy spend a lot of money too.

Pick one of the biggest ones and say, “do you agree with black balling players when they speak out against oppression?”

“If not, why are you spending all this money with a League that clearly condones that? … “

“You know what, I don’t think I can spend my money with you no more until you fix this.”

Thats when the magic happens. And sadly, in this capitalistic world we live in, that’s when your voice is heard. When you hurt the pockets.

I respect whatever you decide to do. Watch or don’t watch, whatever’s in your heart. But I’m not watching til it feel right.

It was hard during preseason and the first week. But then I was like, wait, is it actually hard?

Some of us got grandparents that walked miles to work instead of riding bus, just to show the bus companies that they won’t tolerate racism

So when I think about it like that it’s very easy on Sunday to say, “Nope, I’m straight.”

This may be the biggest opportunity we have ever been presented to come together and show the world and ourselves our true economic power.

Thank you Colin for your sacrifice.

Ima stop it there. Peace and love to all, let’s give energy to the solutions not the problem. Even if you don’t rock with mine.

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