Nessa Blasts JAY-Z and Roc Nation's NFL Deal: 'I Don't Care Who You Are—Wrong Is Wrong'

Nessa criticized the parties for failing to include Kaepernick, who was allegedly blackballed by the league after his protests against police brutality.

Colin Kaepernick and Nessa

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Colin Kaepernick and Nessa

Nessa Diab refuses to let JAY-Z off the hook. 

The media personality took to Hot 97 on Wednesday to criticize Roc Nation and the NFL's newly inked partnership, which aims to improve the league's live music entertainment strategies as well as its social justice initiatives. Upon the deal's announcement, many wondered if Nessa's boyfriend, activist/free agent Colin Kaepernick, would be involved in any capacity.

If Colin Kaepernick isn’t part of this, I’m not sure how to feel about this. Very curious about these details

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 13, 2019

Nessa, and others who are close to Kaepernick, confirmed he was not involved with the initiative, nor did he get a heads up from JAY-Z. This came as somewhat of a shock to fans, as Hov had been a vocal supporter of Kaepernick during his legal battle with the NFL. Back in 2017, the former 49er filed a collusion grievance against the league, claiming he was blackballed over his on-field protests against police brutality. JAY even rocked Kaepernick's jersey during a 2017 appearance on Saturday Night Live.

JAY_Z (@S_C_) and @damianmarley! 🙌🙌🙌 #SNLPremiere

— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) October 1, 2017

During a press conference Wednesday, JAY and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell claimed they spoke to Kaepernick about the initiative; however, JAY did not commit to including athlete down the road.

"I'm not his boss. I can't just bring him into something. That's for him to say," JAY told reporters, when asked if Kaepernick would be involved. "[...] We all do different things. We all work differently for the same results. I don't knock what he's doing, and hopefully he doesn't knock what I'm doing."

Nessa reiterated her claims that the Roc Nation x NFL deal was a PR stunt that intended to clean up the mess created by the Kaepernick controversy. She told listeners that she was still a fan of JAY, but was frustrated that he was working with an organization that continued to deny Kaepernick opportunities.

Here are some key quotes from Wednesday's episode, provided by @CRS_One:

“The disappointment in Jay-Z isn’t in the partnership. The disappointment is wrapping it in Social Justice.” - Nessa.

— Captain Cristobal (@CRS_One) August 14, 2019

“I don’t mind you doing a business deal - but I do mind you wrapping it in social justice when you’re working with an organization that denies someone an opportunity.” - Nessa

— Captain Cristobal (@CRS_One) August 14, 2019

“Jay has phenomenal music, he’s done so much nobody’s taking that away from him! Do your business! But don’t talk to me about that League when they’re doing dishonorable things.”

— Captain Cristobal (@CRS_One) August 14, 2019

“This person working with this league wore Colin’s Jersey - But some people don’t understand what’s going on.

— Captain Cristobal (@CRS_One) August 14, 2019

“You don’t have to report to anybody! - but don’t you dare call it a social justice reform attempt when it comes to working with that company. Don’t mess with my family!”

— Captain Cristobal (@CRS_One) August 14, 2019

Nessa also acknowledged JAY's contributions to the culture, but insisted he needed to be held accountable.

“that’s why this hurts, cause we love Hov so much.”

— Captain Cristobal (@CRS_One) August 14, 2019

“I don’t care who you are - Wrong is wrong - You’re not gonna act funny towards my family!”

— Captain Cristobal (@CRS_One) August 14, 2019

The comments arrived on the three-year anniversary of Kaepernick's first #TaketheKnee protest, in which he kneeled during the pre-game singing of the national anthem. Though he hasn't been in the league since the end of the 2016 season, Kaepernick vowed his commitment to social justice and "our fight for liberation."

Today marks the three year anniversary of the first time I protested systemic oppression. I continue to work and stand with the people in our fight for liberation, despite those who are trying to erase the movement! The movement has always lived with the people! ✊🏾

🎥: @REL

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 14, 2019

Shortly after Kaepernick shared the video, J. Cole voiced his support on Twitter. "Thank you @Kaepernick7 we ain't forgot." he wrote. "@nfl let the man work."

Thank you @Kaepernick7 we ain’t forgot. @nfl let the man work.

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