Jay-Z hon­ors Kaeper­nick

San Francisco Chronicle - - NFL -

At a con­cert at Citi Field in New York on Fri­day night, Jay-Z ded­i­cated his song “The Story of O.J.” to Colin Kaeper­nick and Dick Gre­gory, a co­me­dian and ac­tivist who died in Au­gust. “I want to ded­i­cate this song to Colin Kaeper­nick tonight. I want to ded­i­cate this song to Dick Gre­gory . ... I want to ded­i­cate this song to any­body that was held back and you over­came,” Jay-Z said at the Mead­ows Mu­sic and Arts Fes­ti­val. Kaeper­nick, still a free agent af­ter opt­ing out of his con­tract with the 49ers, has been a di­vi­sive fig­ure around the NFL for his de­ci­sion to sit, and later kneel, dur­ing the na­tional an­them. “I am not go­ing to stand up to show pride in a flag for a coun­try that op­presses black peo­ple and peo­ple of color,” Kaeper­nick told re­porters last year. His protest gained trac­tion and dozens of play­ers have joined him in protest­ing po­lice bru­tal­ity and the treat­ment of peo­ple of color in Amer­ica. That per­haps is why Jay-Z chose to men­tion Kaeper­nick along­side Gre­gory, who marched in Selma, Ala., was shot in the leg dur­ing the 1965 Watts ri­ots in Los An­ge­les and counted the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X among con­fi­dants.

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