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Jay Z responded to the backlash on social media after he and his family remained seated during the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in Miami on Sunday.

Critics slammed Jay Z, 50, and his wife Beyonce Knowles-Carter, 39, who, along with their 8-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter, remained seated while Demi Lovato sang the National Anthem prior to the big game.

During a discussion Tuesday at Columbia University, Jay Z said he and his wife weren't protesting the American flag.

The "Hard Knock Life" rapper said he and his wife were in "artist mode" while watching gospel singer Yolanda Adams perform "America the Beautiful" and Lovato sing the anthem.

He claimed he was watching intently to make sure the performances went smoothly, as part of his duties with the NFL.

"I'm looking at the show. 'Did the mic start? Was it too low to start?'" he said.
 

 

"The whole time we're sitting there, we're talking about [Adams'] performance. Then right after, Demi comes out, and we're talking about how beautiful she looks and how she sounds and what she's gone through in her life for her to be on the stage," he said, before adding, "We're so proud of her."

Jay Z claimed if he and his wife were protesting, they would not have involved their daughter, Blue. "We wouldn't do that to Blue and put her in that position... If we told her we were gonna do something like that, you would've seen her tapping me a hundred times... she would say 'What time? Are we doing it? Are we doing it now? It's 7:05 daddy, are we doing it now?'"

"I didn't have to make a silent protest, the rap mogul said. "If you look at the stage, the artists that we chose, Columbian Shakira, Puerto Rican [Jennifer Lopez], we were making the biggest loudest protest of all."

The controversial protest raised eyebrows because the league gives Jay Z a big paycheck as a music producer for the Super Bowl halftime show.

The father of 5 entered into a partnership with the NFL in August. He was heavily criticized because he did not show support for blacklisted NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick mocked Jay Z and Beyonce in a social media post after the game, repeating Jay Z's comment: "We are past kneeling."

Kaepernick is still unemployed.

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Not a single NFL team contacted Colin Kaepernick after his much-hyped NFL tryout in Atlanta over the weekend.

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, no team reached out to the unemployed quarterback after he snubbed the NFL by switching the location of his workout in Atlanta on Saturday. Florio writes: "Per a league source, Kaepernick's representatives have not heard from any teams with either an invitation to work out privately or an offer to sign a contract."

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Jay-Z, the NFL's social justice consultant, arranged the private workout to get critics off Jay-Z's back.

According to Complex.com, music mogul Jay-Z is "disappointed" that Kaepernick moved the location of his much-hyped workout from the Atlanta Falcons' training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga. to a high school in Riverdale, Ga.

Kaepernick showed up at the school wearing a black t-shirt with "KUNTA KINTE" on the front. Kunta Kinte is a character in the critically acclaimed television series, Roots, based on the 1976 novel by American author Alex Haley.

The NFL abruptly announced that Kaepernick was "no-show" at the workout where 25 teams had assembled to watch him throw passes. But only eight teams showed up at the high school to watch the workout. The news media was also invited to the school.

Kaepernick, 32, later said he moved his workout because the league asked him to sign a liability waiver that protects the NFL from further legal action.

Despite his claims that he is a victim, Kaepernick was heavily criticized for pulling yet another attention-seeking stunt.

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Stephen A. Smith ripped into Kaepernick and his pal, current NFL player Eric Reid, who still kneels during the National Anthem before games.

During his sports talk show on ESPN on Monday, Smith said, "How is Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid doing us any favors today? Sticking out their chests in defiance of the man when you've got your hand out for an opportunity from them?"

Smith went on to slam Reid for calling the NFL racist while still collecting paychecks from the league.

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The NFL has arranged a private workout for free agent Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta to possibly facilitate his return to the NFL.

Kaepernick, 32, claimed he was not aware of the scheduled workout until the NFL informed his representatives on Tuesday.

According to published reports, the league arranged a private workout session to give teams a chance to look at the unemployed quarterback. The workout will be held at the Atlanta Falcons' training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga on Saturday, Nov. 16.

On Tuesday, an ecstatic Kaepernick took to Twitter to share the news with his followers.

"I'm just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I've been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can't wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday."

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Kaepernick, once considered one of the NFL's elite duel threat passers, led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012. But by 2016, Kaepernick was benched behind a second string quarterback. Kaepernick protested his demotion by refusing to stand for the National Anthem before games.

When reporters questioned his apparent lack of patriotism, Kaepernick claimed he was protesting police brutality and racism against Black men in America.

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Kaepernick's much-hyped kneeling protests drew the attention of President Donald Trump who said the NFL should fire any player who disrespected the National Anthem.

In 2017, Kaepernick opted out of his $110 million contract with the 49ers. And just like that, he was out of the NFL.

Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL and team owners for allegedly colluding to deprive him of his livelihood. In February 2019 Kaepernick reached a settlement with the league worth a reported $10 million.

According to The Washington Post, Kaepernick will participate in on-field drills, the 40-yard dash and an interview on Saturday. Videos of his workout and interview will be provided to all teams.

The Washington Post noted that it is "highly unusual" for the league to arrange a tryout for a single player, particularly a washed up quarterback who has been out of the game for three years.

If we learned anything during the Michael Sam fiasco, it is that teams are wary of the drama and distractions that narcissists bring to a locker room.

Team owners and GMs are not enthusiastic about enabling Kaepernick's delusions of grandeur.

A source with an NFC team told ESPN's Josina Anderson: "We have nothing to lose by attending Kaepernick's workout, but I still think for us it would just be an information-gathering trip."

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