Wiley’s frustrations specifically stem from Kaepernick and other anthem kneelers abrupt attack on rapper Jay-Z’s plan to work and invest into the future of the NFL’s brand. Many social justice warriors believe the rapper/business man sold out his “own kind” after penning a deal with the NFL. During Wiley’s time on FS1, he praised Jay-Z’s work with the NFL, especially his social justice initiatives, shifting the sellout label to anthem protesters like Colin Kaepernick, Kenny Stills and Eric Reid. Via Breitbart.com.
“Please add my name to this list of sell-outs, that goes like this – Jay-Z, Big Boi, Travis Scott, Malcolm Jenkins. Put my name on that list if you want to, because this [anthem protest movement] has turned into a validation, an accredit, for Colin Kaepernick and Nessa’s blackness,” Wiley said on the FS1 Show, Speak for Yourself.
"Kaepernick comes from a situation where he never felt the full weight of these injustices... this is a mixed-race guy who was raised by a white family from Wisconsin to central California."— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) August 20, 2019
Marcellus Wiley is siding with Jay-Z.
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Just last week, the NFL announced a partnership with Jay-Z and his sports label “Roc Nation Sports” with intentions to implement correct social justice initiatives, as well as schedule specific music artists for NFL entertainment. Over this past year, rapper’s Big Boi and Travis Scott were criticized by leftist social justice warriors after performing at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL Player’s Coalition took the brunt of the criticism after making a deal with the NFL, which specifically included $100 million in donations for inner city children. Via Breitbart.com.
During Marcellus Wiley’s FS1 rant, he brought to light why Colin Kaepernick’s upbringing disqualifies his anthem protests, and overall voice for suffering inner city African Americans.
MUST-SEE TV! Marcellus goes in on @Kaepernick7 and @E_Reid35 over criticism of Jay-Z. 🔥🔥🔥— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) August 20, 2019
"You know why the identity of this movement has been lost? Because the identity of those who are leading it has always been in question." — @MarcellusWiley pic.twitter.com/LZ0XAFiiIZ
“Kaepernick comes from a situation where he has never felt the full weight of these injustices,” Wiley said. “This is a mixed-race guy who was raised by a white family from Wisconsin to Central California. Respect, that does not disqualify you for talking for us, but when you make missteps and miscalculations, it comes back into play.”
Wiley went on to criticize Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa Diab, believing the radio and TV host is a huge reason why Kaepernick became so "radicalized" and out of control.
“I knew Kaepernick [when he a successful QB with the 49ers) – he was never talking about this,” Wiley said. “He meets Nessa in 2015 and in 2016 he gets benched, flip-flop. Not mad, that still doesn’t disqualify you. But Nessa comes into play now and we all know Nessa. Respect to her and her ethnicity, but it’s not black. OK. So now we have two leaders who don’t even feel the weight of the consequences.”
"Walking down Rosecrans in the 80s, Slauson in the 90s, it’s real... when I hear people say I’m going to take that reality... and uplift it to give power to that situation, I say you need to do that responsibly."@MarcellusWiley passionately explains his issue with Kaepernick pic.twitter.com/PlkX4eXfG6— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) August 16, 2019
The former NFL star talked about his tough upbringing in poverty and crime filled neighborhoods, pushing the narrative that Kaepernick and his girlfriend no nothing about poor “black struggle.”
“Ain’t no cosmetics here, bro. When I’m in Compton, when I’m in South Central and Harlem. That is my childhood to manhood – 0-22 years old. Those three places. I know what it feels like. When you are talking to Jay-Z who has been through Marcy Projects (Bedford-Stuyvesant), Brooklyn and all his successes. He has seen this. We both said, “Go Kaepernick, Go” and let the cause blindly support the man. But the character has now come into question. And now Eric Reid has taken it and given him cover, Kenny Stills another guy – respect guys – another mixed race individual who has not felt the full weight of this (suffering).”
Martellus Wiley concluded by crediting and supporting Jay-Z’s partnership deal with the NFL, and their representatives. Wiley believes Jay-Z could be the man to help improve relations, and further move the NFL’s social justice programs in the correct direction. Via Breitbart.com.
“You can keep kneeling, I’m going to take this baton from you as you’re kneeling and I’m going to translate this into the two things that are most important in this whole conversation, which is the money and the power, that can give the resources to those who are underprivileged, under-served and voiceless,” Wiley said.
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