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Jay-Z responds to criticism of NFL protests

Jay-Z has responded to the Houston Texans’ owner’s recent controversial comments on the ongoing NFL protests.

A number of NFL players have taken to protesting during the national anthem at games, often by taking a knee rather than standing, as a response to systemic racism in the game and the country at large. The protests have proven controversial, with owner of the Houston Texans Bob McNair remarking that “we can’t have inmates running the prison” – a statement which has drawn its own criticisms, prompting McNair to retract his comments.

Now, Jay-Z has responded to the comments on-stage in Anaheim, California. “Injuring themselves on the field, giving it all they got. That’s how they look at you. That’s what they think about you,” said Jay-Z on Friday (October 27) at the first stop of his US tour in support of new album ‘4:44’. “We got so much further to go. The truth is we all believe in whatever you believe in. God, Allah. Whatever you believe in, we come from one source which means we are all brothers and sisters at the end of the day.”

Watch a video of Jay-Z’s comments below.

Jay Z addressing McNair’s Inmates running the prison comment. pic.twitter.com/8x2vmeZmh4

— Robert Littal (@BSO) October 28, 2017

Last month, rapper J. Cole called for a boycott of the NFL until they sided with those protesting.

“God bless every player that finds courage to kneel today, he writes in a 22 tweet thread. “But the real power comes from you deciding to not watch. 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.”

The remaining dates of Jay-Z’s US ‘4:44’ tour are as follows:

November 1 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center at Fresno State November 3 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena November 5 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center Arena November 7 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center November 8 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center November 9 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center November 11 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center November 12 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena November 14 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena November 15 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena November 16 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center November 18 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena November 19 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena November 21 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre November 22 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre November 25 – Boston, MA – TD Garden November 26 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center November 29 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center December 2 – Uniondale, NY – NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Coliseum December 5 – Chicago, IL – United Center December 6 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena December 9 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place December 11 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena December 13 – Seattle, WA – KeyArena December 14 – Portland, OR – Moda Center December 16 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena December 17 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center December 19 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena December 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

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29/10/2017 21:01:25
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