Jay Z Shouts Out Meek Mill During 4:44 Show in Philadelphia

During the most recent stop on his 4:44 tour, HOV paid tribute to Meek Mill by calling out his unjust imprisonment and performing his hit track “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro).” While performing in Meek's hometown of Philadelphia on Friday, Jay told the crowd, “That man is being stomped by the system. That man is in jail for doing wheelies and breaking up a fight.” 

 

Many fans in attendance, in addition to Trey Songz and Yo Gotti, were seen sporting “Free Meek” merch at the Wells Fargo center Friday night. Jay added “Free Meek” before playing the same intro he performed alongside the Philly native during Made in America in September. Similar to the crowd's reaction when Meek surprisingly joined Jay on stage, the Philly concertgoers lost it when Jay brought out the intro to Dreams and Nightmares

 

Tonight was LEGENDARY #FREEMEEKMILL @MEEKMILL

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During his show at the Wells Fargo Center, Jay reminded the crowd of how Colin Kaepernick shed light on the racist institutions that continue to target people of color. “That shit is not about inanimate objects. It’s about people dying. It’s about young people leaving their house and never coming back home. And it’s not a black and white issue. It’s a human issue. Everybody should be fighting that.” HOV has been very vocal about his opinion regarding Meek's imprisonment. In an op-ed he wrote in the New York Times, Jay wrote about the unjust racial prejudices that prompted Meek's sentencing.

You can check out footage from Jay's performance above.

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Tomi Lahren Tries to Go at Colin Kaepernick and Gets Ripped

On Thanksgiving, Tomi Lahren shared a “food for thought” tweet that included an image of Colin Kaepernick digitally inserted into a photo of D-Day. Kaepernick was kneeling to illustrate her point yet again that what he’s been doing is unpatriotic and disrespectful to the American flag.

But the Fox News contributor couldn’t have shared this at the worst time. Kaepernick, who GQ named Citizen of the Year, has since become an inspiration for NFL activism and national anthem protests. And Twitter felt strongly about her attempt of putting down Kaepernick and went in.

Lahren went viral last year for her “Final Thoughts” segment on The Blaze when she vehemently condemned Kaepernick for his message.

“What’s your contribution? Sitting there like a fool? What’s selfish is you, buddy. And what’s your message to black kids, to people of color? That their biggest contribution to justice and self-fulfillment is to parade around with a chip on their shoulder like a victim?

“Colin, how dare you sit there and blame white people for the problems in the minority communities? After all, aren’t you half white? Didn’t two white parents adopt you after yours weren’t willing to raise you? For a racist and horrible country filled with racist and horrible white people, that’s really something, isn’t it?”

She’s not going to stop anytime soon, but judging from this reaction, it looks people have had enough.

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Miko Grimes Talks LeBron James and Roger Goodell

On today’s episode of #OutOfBounds, special guest Miko Grimes gives us a peek inside the NFL. She doubles down on her Derek Carr controversy, combats the crew on Colin Kaepernick, and tells us what’s going on with the Bucs. The crew talks Donald Trump intervening in the UCLA case, Metta World Peace joining the Big 3, and last night’s Cavaliers vs. Knicks game: Was LeBron really being a bully? Plus, Gilbert Arenas gives viewers advice on following their dreams. 

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On today's episode of Out of Bounds, special guest Miko Grimes gives us a peek inside the NFL. She doubles down on her Derek Carr controversy, combats the crew on Colin Kaepernick, and tells us what's going on with the Bucs.

Later, they talk about Donald Trump intervening in the UCLA case, Metta World Peace joining the Big 3, and last night's Cavaliers vs. Knicks game. Was LeBron really being a bully, and what's up with the King of New York claim? Plus, Gilbert Arenas gives viewers advice on following their dreams. 

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Colin Kaepernick Reportedly Excluded From Meetings Between Players and NFL Owners

On October 25, ESPN reported Colin Kaepernick was expected to be invited to a forthcoming meeting between NFL owners and players scheduled for November 3. The meeting was spearheaded by Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins as part of the NFL Players Coalition’s ongoing dialogue with league owners centered on players protesting racial inequalities during the singing of the national anthem. A Slate report filed Sunday cites league emails as well as emails from Kaepernick’s attorney denying any invitation has been extended to Kaerpernick.

The chances of a potential meeting between Kaepernick and a group of NFL owners seemed slim, given that Kaep filed a collusion grievance against NFL owners for reportedly blackballing him for his political beliefs and forms of protests.

It's unclear if this is merely a matter of semantics, as Jenkins previously told TMZ that Kaepernick was invited, while Kaepernick's attorneys are maintaining that no formal invite was ever sent. You can see Jenkins remarks about Kaep being invited in the video above at the 1:46 mark.

As Kaepernick remains unsigned in favor of less accomplished quarterbacks, the perception that owners conspired to keep him out of the league has only grown in some circles. Meanwhile, an email obtained by Slate states Kaepernick’s attorney group has confirmed he “is open to participating in, and discussing the ideas he has led, at the next meeting in a meaningful way.”

The proposed meeting comes as players and ownership remain divided on the protests initiated by Kaepernick last season in response to multiple incidents of unarmed black citizens being killed by police during routine stops. The situation has been further inflamed as several NFL owners co-opted Kaepernick’s kneeling protest to use as a response to President Donald Trump saying owners should fire players engaging in such protests. 

With Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatening to bench any player he felt disrespected the flag, things intensified. A subsequent revelation that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair referred to players as “inmates” further angered other players.

Whether or not Kaepernick attends Tuesday’s meeting, there appears to be a clear rift between owners unhappy with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the protests. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter report Jones is spearheading a group of 17 owners intent on halting Goodell’s contract extension. Given how Goodell has botched the Ray Rice domestic violence incident, brokering peace between players and ownership over peaceful protests and “Deflategate,” Jones' actions aren’t particularly surprising.

Depending on how the next round of meetings plays out, there is a potential scenario where both Goodell and Kaepernick would both be out of the league within two years of the protests Kaep initiated last season.
You can read Stahl’s full report via Slate.

 

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Jay Z Responds to Bob McNair’s Controversial ‘Inmates’ Comment on 4:44 Tour

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is still getting backlash for his “inmates running the prison” comment, in reference to ongoing player demonstrations during the national anthem. Though he expressed regret and issued a public apology over the weekend, some Texans players considered staging a walkout.

And now Jay Z, who has been a vocal supporter of Colin Kaepernick, has responded to the matter, taking a moment to address it during the opener of his 4:44 Tour in Anaheim, Calif. on Friday.

Before a performance of “The Story of O.J.,” Jay Z talked to the audience about McNair’s inflammatory comment and how we still have a long way to go as a society.

“[They’re] injuring themselves on the field, giving it all they got,” he says. “That’s how they look at you. That’s what they think about you. 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.”

Recently, Jay Z stood for Kaepernick by wearing the player’s jersey during his SNL performance of “Bam,” and by dedicating a performance of “The Story of O.J.” during the Meadows Festival to him.

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Colin Kaepernick Files Collusion Grievance Against NFL Owners

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman learned that Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement for collusion against league owners. Kaepernick alleges that league owners are working together to prevent him from getting back into the NFL. 

“If the NFL (as well as all professional sports leagues) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful political protestwhich the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks agoshould not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government,” Kaepernick said in a statement through his lawyer Mark Geragos. 

While Kaepernick's agent has made his availability clear to all 32 teams, the Tennessee Titans never entertained the idea of signing Kap after Marcus Mariota went down with a hamstring injury. Instead, the Titans picked up Brandon Weeden off the scrap heap to back up Matt Cassel. In the 34 games he played in his career, Weeden has thrown 31 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.

Kaepernick's actions could lead to an early termination of the league's collective bargaining agreement, more than three years before the contract was set to expire. The move could lead to players and owners going back to the drawing board and working out a new CBA that would benefit both parties.

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